Christmas Prayer 2018

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

Lord, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for the hope, joy and light that the Christmas season brings. I praise You for the blessing of Your Son Jesus and for the time that is set aside to celebrate His birth and coming to earth. Luke 2:11 “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

What amazing love You showed when You sent Your only begotten Son to be humbled in the form of a helpless baby. A few years later, You again showed Your love for me when Jesus died on the cross carrying all my sin. This provided a way of salvation (by believing and accepting Jesus in my life) for me to be with You in heaven forever after leaving this earth. John 3:16For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Direct me to make the celebration of Your tremendous love for me the center of this holiday season. Show me how to block out all the distractions and sometimes, chaos, that can accompany this time of the year so that I can focus on Jesus, the true meaning of Christmas. I ask that by the time the festivities stop, I will be rejuvenated and refocused on Christ my Savior. Encourage me throughout the next year to often meditate and rejoice on the words of this Christmas carol:

Joy to The World
Joy to the world! The Lord is come; let earth receive her King. Let every heart prepare Him room, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

Thank you for allowing me to experience the great joy of Christmas. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Christmas Prayer

IMG_6787Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali

Lord, we come into Your presence today through the name of Your ultimate gift to us, Jesus. We ​are a world in need of a Savior, and You sent Jesus to redeem us from our sins. “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the LordLuke 2:11.

In Your love for us You gave Your only begotten Son, and today we stop and celebrate that gift and thank You for Him. You prophesied in Your Word (the Bible) that You would send Your son to die so that we could accept Him to be delivered from sin and live with You for eternity.

Thank you for recording all these events in Your Word​, the Bible, and for announcing Jesus’ birth through the music of praise and thanksgiving sung by the Angels. The many Christmas songs that have been composed throughout the years and are still sung today are one of the many blessings we have for celebrating Jesus’ birth.

Luke 2:13-14 tells us, “and suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!“‘

We are forever grateful that You sent Your Son to enrich the world, turn darkness to light and despair into delight. Because of that, we can relate to that blessed Christmas chorus, “O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.” Thank you ​​that we can bring this prayer in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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.

A Christmas Prayer

 

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Photo taken in Colorado.

‘”Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”Matthew 1:23

Father, amongst the joy and excitement of presents, decorations, family, food, etc., give me a good spiritual understanding of the true meaning of Christmas.

Thank you that Jesus’ coming provided a way of salvation for us to be with You in Heaven forever and eliminated the hopelessness of man. It is because of that first Christmas morning that the revelation in the Bible about Jesus’ coming was fulfilled.

Jesus, for more than twenty centuries, the world has heard Your teachings and has been influenced by them; thank you for being the Light of the world.

Let us remember to share the truth with unbelievers this Christmas season that unless they personally accept Jesus into their life as Savior and Lord, the good news of the Christmas message means nothing for them in eternity.

As we celebrate Christmas as believers, remind us of all the awesomeness surrounding Jesus’  birth recorded in Luke 2 and how it all happened just as it was prophesied in Isaiah 9:6-7 hundreds of years earlier.

Thank you for all the joyful memories You have given me of past Christmases and for all the current blessings of Christmas now.

In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.