Lord, help me to remember that this Christmas season is about celebrating two gifts that can never be destroyed, stolen or worn out. The gift of your son Jesus and the gift of salvation are eternal. They can’t be taken from me no matter what I’ve done or what’s been done to me. This is my treasure. This is what I want my heart to be consumed by this holiday season. Remind me of this truth throughout my day today.
Don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
“Father, today we pause and pray for the leaders of our country. Grant them wisdom to execute justice and to righteously govern. Even more, we thank you for sending us the Branch from the tree of David, Jesus Christ. Thank you for His authority, dominion and power. As we reflect on the Christ child, our King, we long for His reign and return. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.” (Jeremiah 23:4-5).
“Father, it is that time of year when we pause and remember the meaning of Christmas. Lights and tinsel are hung. People everywhere make great preparation to usher in the season, but I don’t want to just decorate the house and buy gifts for those I love. I want to celebrate Your coming from heaven to earth. Help me. Awaken me. Let the light of Your Son shine brightly in me, so that those around me will pause and remember the meaning of Christmas too. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness on them has light shone” (Isaiah 9:2).
Prayer: God in heaven, make me intensely aware today that this baby we celebrate during advent is your very presence in our midst. I confess, I do not understand fully how the only true and eternal God could become a child. But I know it was motivated by your love for me. And I am grateful this Christmas season. Amen.
Scripture: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I praise you because your name is great. I praise you because you gave your best in Jesus, the perfect sacrifice. In turn help me to give my best to you. Not because I am trying to gain your favor but because you deserve my faithfulness. Help me to revere your name by being faithful with what I offer you.
“My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me. Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great king, says the Lord Almighty, and my name is to be feared among the nations.” Malachi 1:11a, 14
Father, in this day where most of us are neck deep in sale ads and leftovers, help me to be so attuned to the opportunities you give me this season to share about the hope you have brought to this world… particularly with the children in my family. Please, make my holiday preparations and celebrations a testimony to Immanuel; to the day you reached out to us with your Son. If you have people ask me about Christmas, I will tell them your story. As a pile of rocks gave testimony to your provision and protection to the children of Israel, may everything about my holiday season point to Jesus. In His Name, I pray.
“Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of Israel, to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord.” Joshua 4:5-6
God, today I celebrate Thanksgiving with loved ones. But I take a moment to thank you for being an incredible God. Words fail to express my thankfulness to you so I’ll pray a psalm of praise to you today:
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us and we are his, we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100: A Psalm for giving thanks