Prayers and Meditations for Mission



READ John 1.6-13

To all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God.

Jesus, the Word through whom all creation exists, becomes part of that creation, born as a baby in vulnerability. He embraces and knows all the fragility, beauty and sorrow of life.

As we look at Jesus we see how life can be when it is lived to the full - a life marked by trust and forgiveness, by prayer and faith, by goodness and grace even when things are tough.

As we receive Jesus we receive the gift of his life. Our lives, like his, shaped in every moment and each situation by relationship with God the Father. It is love which gives us life: the deep unconditional love of God who calls us his children.


Take time today to think about what it means for you to receive Jesus and the life and love God offers us through him.

PRAY ... Thy kingdom come

Ask God for the gift of faith to open your heart to the love of God that is always open to you; and pray for all the children of God.

WITNESS ... Thy will be done

Make time today to live the unconditional gift of God's love. In a relationship, seek simply to give, to love and not seek anything in return.


READ John 1.14-18

No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father's heart who has made him known.

John's claim in this verse is both bold and simple. Jesus makes visible the invisible God. 'We have seen his glory,' John says. The Word, which brought creation into being, is fully present and known in a human life. It is, as John puts it, 'made flesh'. God embodied. God incarnate. God with us.

If you stop and think about it, this says something pretty amazing about God - that he can be known and seen in this way- and it says something equally amazing about a human life - that God can be seen in us, whoever we are. And just note what qualifies Jesus to do this. He is, John says, the one who is close to the Father's heart. Isn't that wonderful?


How does Jesus make God visible to you? What do his life and words tell you about who God is and what God is like?

PRAY ... Thy kingdom come

Glory is seeing something of God in the ordinariness of our humanity. Pray that others may see God's glory in you and thank him for those who reveal God's glory to you.

WITNESS…Thy will be done

In what ordinary situation might you bring a bit of God's surprising glory? It might begin, as it did for Jesus, by taking time to be close to God's heart.

Start Again

READ John 3: 1-10

The wind blows where it chooses, you do not know where it comes from. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.'

Nicodemus comes to see Jesus in the privacy of the night. He's respectable and religious. Jesus seems to prize neither. Nicodemus seeks him out because Jesus has a grasp of life and truth that, despite Nicodemus' education and his religious expertise, has eluded him.

Jesus tells him he needs to start again, to be born again. It's how Jesus describes what happens when we make a new start with God.

Let God's Spirit, as unpredictable as the wind, bring life to you. Don't force it. Let it happen. That's his message to Nicodemus, and to us.


In what ways is God's interaction with your life like the wind? When has it felt like a breeze, and when like a gale?

PRAY …Thy kingdom come

Ask God for the strength to let go of pride, fear, worry, anger or other burdens and pray: 'Breathe on me breath of God, fill me with life anew.'

WITNESS … Thy will be done

Where might the wind of God's Spirit blow you today? Be a breath of fresh air for someone and help them make a new start.