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Pray the scriptures for breakthroughs in the year

BY: Jude Hama

The year has turned, and the harmattan is on. We received calls, greetings and best wishes as we entered the New Year. One of the greetings I love is the following:

“We look back and thank God. We look forward and trust God. Happy New Year to all!!”

We invite you to pray through for breakthroughs throughout the year using different portions and prayers of the Bible. There is prayer power in praying the scriptures. Today, we join our hearts with the Psalmist in Psalm 103 to look back and thank God for the past year and to look forward and trust God for His Divine Presence with us; His Divine protection for us and His Divine provision for us:

“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,  who forgives all your iniquity,  who heals all your diseases,  who redeems your life from the pit,  who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,  who satisfies you with good”. (Psalm 103:1-5 ESV) 

In the above Bible text, the Psalmist worships and praises God for His faithfulness and “the good things He does for me”.  Next, in verses 3-5 he lists five reasons to continue to thank God and trust Him: 

First, “who forgives all your iniquity”. Yes, the most important thing is the forgiveness of sin we receive from God at the cross: “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ”. (2 Corinthians 5:21 NLT). Indeed, the Psalmist prays: “He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us”. (Psalm 103: 10 &12 ESV)

As we enter the New Year, we must come to God for close fellowship with Him through the cleansing power of the blood Christ shed for our forgiveness.

We must not linger one more hour under the guilt of the power of sin over our lives, and the punishment for sin and sinful practices in our lives. We must put these away and receive and enjoy God’s forgiveness and love. The Bible says, “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy”. (Proverbs 28:13 ESV). God forgives our sins.

Secondly, “who heals all your diseases”. We can trust God to be our Healer in any and all health situations we face in the year. Indeed, the Doctors and medical personnel treat us, but it is God who heals us! The Bible says, “For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease”. (Psalm 91:3 NLT). When we trust in the Lord God fully, who is called Jehovah Rapha (God our healer), we will experience His healing grace in the year. Let us trust God to keep us and heal us in the year.

Thirdly, “who redeems your life from the pit”. God rescues us from evil attacks and delivers us, and redeems us from premature death: “The LORD says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honour them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation”. (Psalm 91:14-16 NLT).

Fourthly, “who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy”. The Bible says because of the mercy of our God we are not consumed. Indeed, “this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:21-23 ESV).

Fifthly, “who satisfies you with Good”. God answers the prayers of His children who love and obey Him. “He fills my life with good things”. This is great motivation for us to engage continually in earnest prayers for our goals and concerns for the year. Including, prayer for all people, the leaders and this Nation, and the Nations: “I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for Kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. (1 Timothy 2:1-2 NLT)

The Bible says, “the earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results” (James 5:16b NLT). We thank God for the past.

We look forward and trust Him for each day of the New Year. Happy New Year to you in Christ. 

 (The author is a consultant in authentic Christian Spirituality and Discipleship and former CEO of Scripture Union)