Join us in lifting up the entire nation of Japan on January 1. New Year’s Day is an important marker in most countries and cultures, but it takes on a deeper meaning for millions of Japanese. This is the day that droves of Japanese make their way to both famous as well as common local shrines to play their respects to the gods. There is an almost festive atmosphere as many mingle and thousands buy good luck charms and various paraphernalia to protect themselves from misfortune. Many write out their prayers, hoping that they will be answered. Ask that this new year be the one in which countless Japanese will meet and receive the Living God, Creator of heaven and earth. Pray that they might encounter a God who has eyes to see us, hands to help us, a voice to call out to us, feet to move in our direction but most of all, a heart that desires to love us and the power to save us.