The motto given to us by the Chief Apostle for 2024 is “Prayer Works!” Each district around the globe is invited to create a logo for the year, and our members in Australia have provided the inspiration for a logo to be used in the Western Pacific district. Further explanation of the logo has been provided:
The dove represents the Holy Spirit (the Comforter) that carries our prayers out of our heart from our hands to our Heavenly Father. The reborn always want to pray out of the Spirit.
The Chief Apostle has provided an explanation of this motto, “Prayer Works!”:
Dear brothers and sisters,
Regardless of what we may experience in the coming year, there is a source of strength that is often underestimated: our personal prayer! We are absolutely convinced that prayer works!
And this is the motto I would like to issue for 2024: Prayer works!
As always, our example in this is Jesus Christ. He had intimate conversations with His Father. He prayed for His own, He intercedes for us today. His prayers are effective. This gives us comfort and confidence for the coming year.
What are the effects of prayer?
Prayer makes us grateful. In fact, praying is giving thanks. It is praise, thanksgiving, and worship. But we don’t always feel like praising; on the contrary, we often feel more like complaining or grumbling. In such moments, it is important to reflect on what God has done for us. He has strengthened, preserved, and blessed us. And this makes us grateful.
Prayer makes us compassionate. Our intercessions are inspired by Jesus. In intercession we move away from ourselves and our own wishes, and direct our attention to the needs and requirements of our neighbour. We pray for our neighbours because we care about their well-being. We want to do more than just sympathise or feel pity. Let us rather be active, and comfort, strengthen, and help others.
Prayer makes us strong. We do not pray just in case, thinking: “Maybe it will work.” Our prayer is based on our experience: we know that God helps. Even if His answer sometimes surprises us: our trust in Him makes us confident. And this strengthens us to continue on our way.
Prayer sanctifies us. When we go to a quiet place to pray, the noise of the world falls silent and our relationship with God becomes the focus. Like Jesus, let us go into the desert or up a mountain: let us withdraw from outside influences and adopt a different perspective. Doing so helps us to remain serene in these fast-moving times.
Prayer unites us. We do not only pray the Lord’s Prayer with one another but also for one another. The wholecongregation prays for your daily bread and the forgiveness of your sins. When we pray, we all stand before God together.
So much for the effect. But what about our prayer practice?
Just a few hints:
Let us pray always. We should not only pray to God when things are going particularly well or particularly bad. Let us pray in every situation.
Let us pray sincerely. Prayer is more than just meditation. It is our personal dialogue with God. We cannot hide anything from Him. He will answer. Let us be sincere and earnest when it comes to our prayers.
Let us also pray together. This not only applies to the congregation, but also to families and couples. Those who pray together open themselves up to one another, which creates closeness and strengthens the bonds between one another.
Let us aways ask in the name of Jesus. The Son of God taught us to always pray first for our salvation. Because then we can be sure: “Whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.”
Dear brothers and sisters, so let us tap into the power of prayer and realise how great it is. This is our programme for 2024.
I wish you all a blessed New Year.