Blessings for the Fertility and Future Glory of China
Week 40 : 2021 Jan 3 – 2021 Jan 9
第四十週：2021年1月3日 – 2021年1月9日
西北祈禱院NORTH WEST HOUSE OF PRAYER
禱告經文 Scriptures :
啟示錄 Revelation 15:4
主啊，誰敢不敬畏你， 不將榮耀歸與你的名呢？ 因為獨有你是聖的。 萬民都要來在你面前敬拜， 因你公義的作為已經顯出來了。
Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”(ESV)
「神的名是應當稱頌的！從亙古直到永遠，因為智慧能力都屬乎他。 他改變時候、日期，廢王，立王，將智慧賜與智慧人，將知識賜與聰明人。 他顯明深奧隱秘的事，知道暗中所有的，光明也與他同居。(但以理書 2:20-22)
作為華人，天父呀，為著過去一年，我們要深深感謝祢！在這全球不安和前所未有之動盪中，祢實在以廣大的信實、恩慈和憐憫善待了我們的國家和人民。祢在高天掌權作王，祢的寶座统管萬有，我們代表全地華人歡迎祢，並在此宣告: 我們要作祢的子民，祢要作我們的神。 祢要使我們彼此同心同道，好叫我們永遠敬畏祢，使我們和我們後世的子孫得福樂。 (耶利米書 32:38-39)。並且，我們要以祢賜人生命大能的話語(以赛亞書54章)，向我們的國家和人民宣告說:
「你這不懷孕、不生養的要歌唱； 你這未曾經過產難的要發聲歌唱，揚聲歡呼； 因為沒有丈夫的比有丈夫的兒女更多。 這是耶和華說的。 要擴張你帳幕之地， 張大你居所的幔子，不要限止； 要放長你的繩子， 堅固你的橛子。 因為你要向左向右開展； 你的後裔必得多國為業， 又使荒涼的城邑有人居住。 不要懼怕，因你必不致蒙羞； 也不要抱愧，因你必不致受辱。 你必忘記幼年的羞愧， 不再記念你寡居的羞辱。 因為造你的是你的丈夫； 萬軍之耶和華是他的名。 救贖你的是 以色列 的聖者； 他必稱為全地之神。
耶和華召你， 如召被離棄心中憂傷的妻， 就是幼年所娶被棄的妻。 這是你神所說的。 我離棄你不過片時， 卻要施大恩將你收回。 我的怒氣漲溢， 頃刻之間向你掩面， 卻要以永遠的慈愛憐恤你。 這是耶和華－你的救贖主說的。
這事在我好像挪亞 的洪水。 我怎樣起誓不再使 挪亞 的洪水漫過遍地， 我也照樣起誓不再向你發怒， 也不斥責你。 大山可以挪開， 小山可以遷移； 但我的慈愛必不離開你； 我平安的約也不遷移。 這是憐恤你的耶和華說的。
你這受困苦、被風飄蕩不得安慰的人哪， 我必以彩色安置你的石頭， 以藍寶石立定你的根基； 又以紅寶石造你的女牆， 以紅玉造你的城門， 以寶石造你四圍的邊界 。
你的兒女都要受耶和華的教訓； 你的兒女必大享平安。 你必因公義得堅立， 必遠離欺壓，不致害怕； 你必遠離驚嚇，驚嚇必不臨近你。 即或有人聚集，卻不由於我； 凡聚集攻擊你的，必因你仆倒 。 吹噓炭火、打造合用器械的鐵匠是我所造； 殘害人、行毀滅的也是我所造。 凡為攻擊你造成的器械必不利用； 凡在審判時興起用舌攻擊你的， 你必定他為有罪。 這是耶和華僕人的產業， 是他們從我所得的義。 這是耶和華說的。
“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him. (Daniel 2:20-22 ESV)
Father God, as Chinese, we are so grateful for Your great faithfulness and loving kindness especially to us for the past year. In the midst of all shakings and global unrest, You have been so gracious and merciful to us. You are the One on the throne and Your sovereignty rule over us and all nations. We declare that we shall be Your people, and You will be our God. You will give us one heart and one way, that we may fear You forever, for our own good and the good of our children after us.
(Jeremiah 32:38-39 ESV)
As we enter into a new era and a new season, on behalf of the people of China and all Chinese around the world, we hereby welcome You again as our King and our Lord, and proclaim Your life-giving word (Isaiah chapter 54) with a grateful heart over our nation and our people:
“Sing, O barren one, who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than the children of her who is married,” says the Lord . “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes. For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left, and your offspring will possess the nations and will people the desolate cities. “Fear not, for you will not be ashamed; be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more. For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called. For the Lord has called you like a wife deserted and grieved in spirit, like a wife of youth when she is cast off, says your God. For a brief moment I deserted you, but with great compassion I will gather you. In overflowing anger for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord , your Redeemer.
“This is like the days of Noah to me: as I swore that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth, so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you, and will not rebuke you. For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord , who has compassion on you.
“O afflicted one, storm-tossed and not comforted, behold, I will set your stones in antimony, and lay your foundations with sapphires. I will make your pinnacles of agate, your gates of carbuncles, and all your wall of precious stones. All your children shall be taught by the Lord , and great shall be the peace of your children. In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you. If anyone stirs up strife, it is not from me; whoever stirs up strife with you shall fall because of you. Behold, I have created the smith who blows the fire of coals and produces a weapon for its purpose. I have also created the ravager to destroy; no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord .” (Isaiah 54:1-17 ESV)
In Jesus’ name we pray, amen and amen.