Scripture Reading: Joshua 1:9

Welcome to the first day of the Year 2020, we thank God and commit this Year into the Hand of God, and ask the Holy Spirit for strength and courage in all areas of our lives, so that we will be strong, courageous and victorious against all obstacles and challenges.
The Holy Spirit gives us a message for the Year 2020 which is found in Deuteronomy 31:6 “BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS. DON’T TREMBLE! DON’T BE AFRAID OF THEM! THE LORD YOUR GOD IS THE ONE WHO IS GOING WITH YOU. HE WON’T ABANDON YOU OR LEAVE YOU.” We have adopted this injunction of the Holy Spirit as the motto and theme of the Year 2020. God is specifically calling us to BE STRONG AND VERY COURAGEOUS in this Year 2020. You can choose to be strong and courageous even when you are feeling very weak. When everything seems to be wrong, refuse to get discouraged. 2 Chronicles 15:7 says “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”
Beloved, courage is another word for fortitude or strength or bravery. Courage is that virtue that enables us to act despite our fear and to do the right thing, to be ready even to fall in the battle, if only to prosper the course of truth. In this Year 2020, God tells us to be strong, to have the courage and hold on to faith for victory in your struggle for a better life in all aspect. Be courageous to defend the Christian faith and morals. Be Strong and very courageous in faith and believe God for the fruit of the womb and life partner, breakthroughs, miracle, new jobs and contracts, visas and choice of vocations.
It is often the way we react to what happens to us that does us the most harm. Joshua had good reasons to be discouraged and terrified: a new country, a wayward and numerous people, and powerful enemies. But God tells him, “Do not be discouraged. If you let yourself get dismayed, you are already defeated. You need to take hold of courage, strengthen yourself in Me. I am with you, and you can do all things.” St. John Paul II appeal to us thus: “I plead with you, never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid.”
Beloved, God offers us the strength to overcome and endure every challenge which this world offers for the sake of living in eternity with God as we seek His face in this Year’s 21-day fasting and prayers.

SOLEMNITY OF MARY, THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD Numbers 6:22-27; Ps 67:2- (R 2a) Galatians 4:4-7; Accl. Heb 1:1-2; Gospel: Luke 2:16-21

Prayer Points:
1. Spend some time in praising and worshiping God
2. Pray with Psalm 18 and make scriptural declarations on the Year 2020 as the Holy Spirit leads you
3. Take the Daily Strength Prayer for the Year 2020 in Section B.

Exercise: Prepare to join in the upcoming 21-day fasting starting on Monday, Jan. 6

Meditation: Isaiah 40:29