A Prayer for 2024
We are living in perilous times as stated in 2 Timothy 3:1-5, so the things prophesied in this passage are things we must be prepared to war against.
Many self-proclaimed prophets are going to prophesy coming events, catastrophes, deaths, and maybe some good things for their church members according to the harvest prophesies. But men can look at the state of the world and proclaim close to what may or may not happen, and most of these things do not require a look into the future.
We are living in perilous times as stated in 2 Timothy 3:1-5, so the things prophesied in this passage are things we must be prepared to war against. They are increasing in the world and are all attributes of people we deal with each day. People we live next-door to, work with, family members and unfortunately, men of authority in positions of power.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
We must recognize and pray against each of the above evils and learn to war against them with godly fruit and Holiness. We should not be distracted with predictions and half prophesies by men who seek public attention and practice sorcery more than the gifts and powers of God.
As evil multiplies, so does the powers of God for saints who walk in the Spirit. What is truly needed is prayer for strength in the Holy Spirit. The Bible already declares that things are going to get worse over time and the closer it comes to the Second Coming of Christ. “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” St. Matt. 24:12, 13.
It all comes down to endurance against whatever happens each day. So, standing in agreement with the Lord and His instruction for how we ought to pray, we must follow the prophesy of Jesus.
First, always acknowledge God the Father as our creator. Acknowledge His throne and the power and scaredness of His name. Men fall weak in the presence of God’s glory and majesty.
We should always ask Him to let His will be done here on earth as it is in heaven. We must submit to His will and not our own. This means we have to listen to and follow the Holy Spirit and be obedient to the Word of God. This means constant prayer, day and night; walking in the Spirit and denying the desires of the flesh.
We should always thank Him for supplying us with food, the milk and meat of the Word, and to protect us from all evil and the temptations of the world. We must also in the same breath thank him for keeping us from debt and the struggles of life, and pray for and reach out to those less fortunate. Always thank the Lord for your health and for healing of yourself and others.
In the coming year, worldly scholars, scientist and experts in all fields are proclaiming things to only get worse economically and the world will run of shortages in food, natural resources, and warnings of disease and health disparities in many poorer nations.
There are more warnings of war, international conflict as men rise seeking power and wealth. All this trickles down to individual nations, states and provinces, cities and towns; down to communities, neighborhoods, and eventually families.
In the course of the worldly drop in morality and righteousness, there will follow a spirit of anger, violence, and individual greed. But people of God must pray that they and the others are protected against the evils spreading in the world.
The Lord says that in times of famine, his people will be satisfied. “They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: And in the days of famine, they shall be satisfied.” Psalm 37.19.
Pray for men in power that they receive instruction from the Lord and not follow evil thoughts and intensions, or fall to the deception and tricks of the devil. They are the ones who set in motion the wars and sufferings of the world. It is God that has mercy on those who seek him.
Pray for the innocent and defenseless and that the Lord has mercy on them against their oppressors and those who seek to devour them. Also, for those in bondage, imprisoned and at the mercy of cruel men. Pray for those around you that they too, are protected against the evils of the world so that we can all live a quiet and peaceable life.