I Know the Plans I Have for You
I Know the plans I have for you, Plans that you do not yet know: Plans to prosper you, not to harm you, Plans to give you hope and a future. So whatever you are going through right now. Be assured that I am with you and that rainbow days will be ahead.
My child, Hold on to these promises in your heart and know, as your Father God, I love you.
Each year on the first Friday of March, people gather in Churches across the world to share in a service of prayer for Peace and Justice. In 1928, at the International Missionary Conference in Jerusalem, Scotswoman Grace Forgan first learned of the World Day of Prayer and brought the news to the United Kingdom. The first service was held in 1930 in Scotland; followed by England in 1932, Wales in 1933 and Northern Ireland in 1943.
Each year the service is prepared by Christian Women in a particular region of the world. This year the service has been prepared by Women from England, Wales and Northern Ireland, under the title
“I know the Plans that I have for You“
It is based on the letter that the prophet Jeremiah wrote to the exiles in Babylonia.
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me, says the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.Jeremiah 29:11-14
The exiles were suffering, there was considerable uncertainty, and also opposing views on how to respond to the challenges of the moment. This echoes the experience of many many people in our world today and so uniting in prayer is a powerful way for Christian People to respond.
We are given a seed of hope to ponder where it needs to be planted in our lives and in our communities. We should take this opportunity, to raise awareness on the needs of our communities and offer the gifts of prayers and commitment. A seed, nourished by prayers of intercession and actions of love, binds us together around the world.
There will be services as follows (we will add to this list if we become aware of others)::