We can use God’s word to celebrate every day and season. Here’s how…
Genesis 8:22: “As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat; winter and summer, day and night.”
Father God, thank you for every day and every season. Thank you that you are with us in the cold and hot, in toil and in rest. Thank you for the amazing world you created and everything in it.
Job 24:19: “Just as the heat of summer swallows the snow, the world of the dead swallows those who sin.”
Lord, help us to avoid temptation and flee from anything sinful. Help us to choose life over death, truth over lies and righteousness over evil at every turn.
Proverbs 25:13: “A messenger you can trust is just as refreshing as cool water in summer.”
Almighty God, help us to recognise the messengers you send, and to receive your word by whatever means it is revealed. Thank you especially for your Holy Spirit, who brings wisdom, comfort and counsel.
Proverbs 26:1: “Expecting snow in summer and rain in the dry season makes more sense than honoring a fool.”
Lord Jesus, teach us to discern between wisdom and foolishness. May we honour you rather than those who would seek to give us bad or wrong advice. Give us your wisdom over that of the world.
Proverbs 30:24-25: “On this earth four things are small but very wise: Ants, who seem to be feeble, but store up food all summer long…”
God in heaven, make us industrious like the ants. May we live for the days that are to come, without getting caught up in the present. May we work together to build your kingdom as the ants unite to store up food.
Jeremiah 8:20: “The people complain, ‘Spring and summer have come and gone, but still the Lord hasn’t rescued us.’”
Forgive us, Lord, for the times when we have doubted you. We know that you are the God who saves, and that your timing is perfect. Help us to trust you even in dark, cold and unfruitful times. Thank you, strong deliverer, that you have already rescued us at a great price.
Jeremiah 15:18: “I am badly injured and in constant pain. Are you going to disappoint me, like a stream that goes dry in the heat of summer?”
Thank you, Father in heaven, that you never disappoint us or let us down. Thank you that your goodness never runs dry; that your love never runs out. Refresh us with your Holy Spirit today as we hunger and thirst for you.
Zechariah 14:8: “In both summer and winter, life-giving streams will flow from Jerusalem, half of them to the Dead Sea in the east and half to the Mediterranean Sea in the west.”
King of kings, thank you for the life that flows out of Jerusalem, and especially for the gospel of truth that winds its way from the cross of Calvary to hearts across the globe. We pray for the peace of Jerusalem and our own nations as your message of true love brings refreshment, healing and salvation.
Matthew 24:32: “Learn a lesson from a fig tree. When its branches sprout and start putting out leaves, you know that summer is near.”
Father, help us to notice the signs nature gives and to respond to them, particularly in relation to the environment. But let us also remain sensitive to the spiritual signs you give us as the day of your return approaches. Come, Lord Jesus.
James 5:7: “My friends, be patient until the Lord returns. Think of farmers who wait patiently for the spring and summer rains to make their valuable crops grow.”
Lord, we patiently await your return, longing to see you face to face. Give us an urgency to share our faith with others so that they can also prepare their hearts. Thank you that you mature and ripen us as we wait, both in the sunshine and the rain, the good times and the bad.