Praying for others, including enemies, is commanded and taught by example. It is important to serve those we pray for by finding out details of their needs and thanking God for His providential response. To pray effectively, one must study God’s word, live righteously before God, and use the power of prayer in selfless service to others.
The new year’s message for 2021 reflects on the challenges faced in 2020, including the pandemic, and the resulting impact on the economy, mental health, and society. Christians, in particular, have been impacted by the inability to worship together. The message draws inspiration from biblical stories of hopelessness, such as the Israelites’ flight from Egypt and the “lost years” before Jesus’ birth. It encourages asking for hope through prayer and sharing hope with others, particularly in times of physical isolation. The message emphasizes that, like Jesus, it is okay to feel hopeless at times.