Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, how thankful we are for the past month, as we accelerate towards the end of 2021! We are thankful for leading us this far through the turmoil of a year marked with sudden loss of life at the hands of the unforgiving Covid-19 pandemic. When the angel of death was passing through Egypt you asked of every household that knows you to protect themselves with the blood of the lamb: “When the Lord goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down” (Exodus 12:27). And so we continue to ask and pray for the blood of the lamb to cover  us as we wade through this terrifying virus. We recall when Rebekah was being sent to wed her husband Isaac, her family prayed: “Our sister, may you increase to thousands upon thousands; may your offspring possess the cities of their enemies” (Genesis 24:60). In the same spirit we pray for your blessings to lead us to year’s end, opening up the floodgates of success. According to Acts 17:26, your holy word says, “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.” We in turn are thankful for the country where you have according to your wisdom chosen that we do inhabit in a time as this. We pray for the peace of the Lord to shine through our land: “May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels” (Psalm 122:7). We pray for families. In Genesis 2:24 your words says, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh”! But we know families are under targeted attack by powerful and relentless forces from all direction, seeking to strip them of their semblance as you intended. Of course we see the enemy’s work at hand for once the family is ruined, so goes a nation! To the children, especially those that have sat home through the pandemic close to two years now, merciful Lord, continue to protect them and may what appears loss, be a blessing in disguise. And in these days of economic upheavals, not only do we pray for work but also for a gentle curtain of protection to cover us, wherever we go, for as was with Job it was said, “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land” (Job 1:10). Help us experience you even more and see the wonders of your goodness, just as is written, “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him” (Psalm 34:8). For all the storms sweeping around us, may we not be discouraged for as you spoke through the prophet Isaiah, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31). All this we pray in the mighty name of Jesus of Nazareth, the name above all names!