Lord, this Christmas season I want to personify the peace you ushered in to our world on that beautiful Bethlehem night. Father, today, help me to be full of peace both with you and man. As I rest in your peace today, help me to do whatever it takes to bring peace to those around me as I show them ridiculous love.
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Romans 14:19
“Father, thank you that you have revealed your plan of salvation to shepherds out in their field. Thank you that you have revealed your plan to me as well! May I be just as quick to spread the good news as they were 2,000 years ago. Help me to make known to others all that you have made known to me about your Son, my Savior. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
“Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this things that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us” (Luke 2:15b).
“Father, I long for joy, the kind that only You can give. Please don’t let me settle for cheap imitations made with shallow laughter and momentary happiness. I want the real thing. Only 15 days to Christmas and I intentionally stop right now to recall the crazy way You chose to deliver real joy, wonderful joy in that little baby of Bethlehem. Even as I say that a smile begins to form in my heart and looks for a way to surface on my face. Joy to the world the Lord has come. Praise You. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
“You have multiplied the nation; You have increased its joy; they rejoice before You as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil” (Isaiah 9:3).
Prayer: Dear God of the universe, God of the manger, and God of my heart; I come to worship you. I haven’t traveled far or followed the stars to find you for you found me. I don’t bring gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh but I joyfully give you my heart, my mind, and my life today. I cannot literally see you as the wise men did, but someday soon I will and do eternally what I intend to do today. I worship you. Amen.
Scripture: “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem saying, ‘Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’” Matthew 2:1&2
Prayer: Dear God, I praise you because you are one. You are the creator. I belong to you in body and spirit. Help me to be faithful to you in my relationships. Specifically, help me to be faithful to my spouse. Protect me in times of temptation. Guard my heart and mind from sin.
“Do we not all have one Father? Did not one God create us? Why do we profane the covenant of our ancestors by being unfaithful to one another? The Lord is a witness between you and the wife of your youth. You have been unfaithful to her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant. Has not one God made you? You belong to him in body and spirit. And what does the one God seek? Godly offspring. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth.” Malachi 2:10,14-15
“Father, when you sent your angel to talk to Joseph, he reminded Joseph of who he was when he greeted him by calling him son of David. When I forget who I am in you, will you remind me that I am your child? Will you never let me forget that I am called to be a special part of Your work in this world? Just as the angel helped Joseph to get in step with what you were doing, please keep me in step with what I’m to do as a part of your bigger plan. Amen.”
“But after he had considered [divorcing Mary], an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.’” Matthew 1:20-21
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.