New Year Prayer Guide

Day 10

Return to Your First Love

Claude V. King

God’s Word for Today

Read Revelation 2:1-5

Thoughts for Today

Our intimate relationship with Christ and our concern for those He loves are dependent on our love for Him. If we depart from our first love, we need to return. Our renewed love for Him could change our world.

In 1727 Count Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf resigned from all his governmental responsibilities to provide spiritual leadership for a group of about three hundred people who had moved to his estate to escape religious persecution. Internal conflict was about to destroy the community. Zinzendorf and the elders drew up a covenant of brotherly union, and on May 12, 1727, the entire community repented of their divisions, reconciled with their brethren, and entered a covenant to live together in harmony.

On August 13, 1727, they had a significant encounter with their Savior at a Lord’s Supper observance. During the service, they were deeply touched by their awareness of the sacrificial love of their wounded Savior. They determined that the best way they could express their love for Christ was to win for Him the souls for whom He died. Their battle cry was “to win for the Lamb that was slain the reward of His suffering.”

Following that encounter with Christ, the Moravian Brethren were possessed by a zeal for missions. They began a 24-hour prayer watch for the causes of the Kingdom, which continued for more than 100 years. During the following 25 years, they sent out more than one hundred missionaries around the world. Moravian missionaries were instrumental in leading John Wesley to genuine faith in Christ, and God used him as a key instrument in the First Great Awakening in America and the Evangelical Awakening in England.

It’s Time to Pray

  1. Thank God for His love shown through Christ’s sacrifice. Ask Him to reveal the quality of your love for Him and how to increase your love.
  2. Ask God what He wants you to do today to apply what He has revealed. What actions will you take?
  3. Pray today by name for a person who has yet to believe in Christ as Savior. Add their name to your prayer list.

Prayer Exercise

Pray for kings and those in authority. Drive by some seat of government near you. Stop. Pray for those who work there, who are invested with power – that God would call them to follow Him, that Christians in that place would be empowered, emboldened to use their influence.

Pray for an Unreached People Group: Badaga of Karnataka, India

The pantheistic Hindu religion provides a very different worldview than that of the Christian Bible. Pray that the worldview of the Badaga would be enlightened and their hearts would be open to hearing the Gospel.