2021 Christmas Prayer: God’s Special Gift of Salvation for Believers

Author: Ali, Contributor: Elton Streyle, Photography and Editing: Ali

Gracious Lord, thank you for giving me the best gift of all: the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus. Make the Christmas story come alive for me this year in ways that I have never experienced before. Direct me not to get so wrapped up in the details of presents, parties, decorations, and being with family and friends that I miss out on what You are wanting to speak to me about in this season.

Like the shepherds, direct me to see and respond to Your presence and direction with immediate action. Luke 2:15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.” Like the wise men, give me the courage to follow You, even in a culture that is becoming increasingly hostile to the things of God.

Thank you for the many reminders the Christmas story brings about Your character. You can do the impossible (like causing a virgin to bear Your Son). You use ordinary, unexpected people and circumstances to accomplish Your plan (like Mary and the shepherds, and Jesus being born in a stable). You are Immanuel (God with us). You understand what my life is like (because Jesus was born and grew up on Earth, fully man and fully God). And You speak personally to me (like when you spoke to Joseph in a dream). Guide me to enjoy all the fun activities of the holiday season, yet keep You at the center of them all.

For those who find Christmas difficult because of the reminders of departed or estranged family members and friends, I ask that You will fill them with Your peace and joy, and allow them to connect with You and with fellow believers to make it through this emotional time. John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Remind me of Your love for me, first presented in the form of a crying baby in a dingy manger, later fulfilled in that same baby’s sacrificial death on the cross and resurrection. Thank you for everything Christmas means, and for all of the traditions and celebrations that come along with it.

In Jesus’ holy Name, Amen.

Christmas Eve Prayer and Meditation

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Photo taken in Colorado.

Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali

Prayer

Lord, I come in Jesus’ Name with thanksgiving, remembering the great love You gave to me in the form of the birth of Your Son, Jesus. How unimaginably perfect You are in all Your ways. Matthew 1:23 Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

Thank you for giving Your only Son to die for my sins and, since I have accepted Him into my heart and life, giving me eternal life with You in heaven.

Direct me not to be distracted from the true meaning of Christmas or be enticed by the calling of the world to make Christmas all about myself. This Christmas, encourage me to have everything I do point back to You and Your Glory. I bring these thoughts in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Christmas Story Meditation

Visualize the Christmas story by slowly and quietly meditating on this Christmas carol:

Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright. Round yon Virgin Mother and Child, Holy Infant so tender and mild, sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night, darkness flies, all is light. Shepherds hear the angels sing, “alleluia hail the King! Christ the Savior is born.”

Silent night, holy night, guiding star, lend thy light; see the eastern wise men bring gifts and homage to our King! Christ the Savior is born.

Thank you Lord, for all that this holy night represents. Amen.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Time With Our Creator! We pray you have a blessed holiday.

2020 Christmas Prayer: God’s Gift to Mankind

Photo taken in Colorado.

Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali

Gift giving Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name I come to You to thank You for the greatest gift ever given. You gave Your only begotten Son to be born on Earth, live a short while, then die on the cross to provide me with salvation and a home in heaven for eternity.
Luke 2:11 “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
John 3:15 That whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

I ask that You forgive me when my focus of Christmas gets out of balance. Sometimes I get distracted from Jesus’ birth by all the beautiful lights, decorations, family, and good food. which all are good. Direct me this year, as I enjoy all of the different ways of celebration, to keep in mind that without Jesus, there would be no Christmas. Remind me often that it is His birthday that is being celebrated.

This year, please give me a deeper understanding and appreciation of what Jesus did for me as expressed in Philippians 2:7-8. “But made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

I ask that You encourage my children, grandchildren, loved ones and friends that in spite of all the chaos, disappointment, heartache, and sorrow, the Christmas story is still the same as always. Amen.

“Joy to the world,
the Lord is come,
let earth receive her King.
Let every heart prepare Him room.”

Christmas Eve Prayer and Meditation

 

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Photo taken in Colorado.

 Prayer

Lord, we come to You with thanksgiving, remembering the great love You gave to us in the form of the birth of Your Son, Jesus. How unimaginably perfect You are in all Your ways. “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us” (Mathew 1:23).

Thank you for giving Your only Son to die for our sins and thank you that if we accept Him into our heart and life, You give us eternal life with You in heaven.

Direct us not to be distracted from the true meaning of Christmas or be enticed by the calling of the world to make Christmas all about ourselves. This Christmas, encourage us to have everything we do point back to You and Your Glory. We bring these thoughts in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Christmas Story Meditation

Visualize the Christmas story by slowly and quietly meditating on this Christmas Carol:

Silent night, holy night, All is calm, all is bright, Round yon Virgin Mother and Child,  Holy Infant so tender and mild, sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night, Darkness flies,  all is light; Shepherds hear the angels sing, “Alleluia hail the King! Christ the Savior is born.”

Silent night, holy night, Guiding Star, lend thy light; see the eastern wise men bring Gifts and homage to our King! Christ the Savior is born.

Thank you Lord, for all that this holy night represents.