A Christmas Prayer
|December 14, 2021|
Abba Father, I lift up before you my sisters & brothers who love and worship you. I thank you for this family you’ve allowed me to be a part of – men and women who pray and intercede on behalf of many. The prayers they lift up to you are as diverse as they are. And yet our commonality is to pray for that which you have laid on our hearts to pray. I pray, Abba Father, for your love and compassion to permeate every segment of their lives and for it to be especially pronounced during this season of celebrating this incredible gift you gave to mankind: the birth of your Son, Jesus Christ / Yeshua Ha’Mashiach.
I pray for safety for this dear family’s travels, for the enriching of relationships, for rest & relaxation for all. May there even be a deeper intimacy with you when reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas. Help each one of us, Abba Father, to reflect the Fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) as we engage with: sales clerks, post office, staff, friends & family, drivers on the road (am I the only one who notices the increase in traffic?), waiters and waitresses, the homeless on the street corners, and the list can go on and on. I pray for good health: mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. This is a time where we can pile so many “important” things onto our calendar and we can get worn down.
Abba Father, I pray for all pray-ers who have said yes to the calling you’ve given them of praying for and interceding on behalf of so much and so many. I ask for an extra measure of blessings over those who are praying for the sick, those in the hospital, for those who may be close to death’s door. I pray your protection over each one and for the grace to know that you are the Answer-er of all prayers and only you know your perfect will for each person we pray for. Lord, it often times feels or seems unfair that this is a time of lights, presents, and joy when there are loved ones who are suffering.
We know that you sent your Son into the world to ultimately be the sacrifice in order to defeat sin & death. May you allow those for whom we have been faithfully praying experience your perfect gift of healing, salvation, freedom. We confess we do not always understand your ways and your timing; but, we trust that you will do what is right and just. (A personal note: I love the image I get when I think about the Hebraic understanding of trust. It is the grabbing hold and not letting go.) Abba Father, we grab hold of you with every ounce of strength we have, and entrust into your care our family, friends, loved ones.
Abba Father, there seems to be so much strife among us and across this incredible, magnificent planet. Help your people; help your pray-ers to engage with you as you so direct. May we be found faithful to not give up praying for those in leadership, for spiritual and physical healing in our land, for revival. I pray your protection over your children and to keep them safe and out of the bondage of fear, anger and frustration. Even in the midst of difficult conversations may we show compassion, understanding, peace and love. And, to rest in the knowledge and understanding that you will give us the wisdom and discernment needed if you are calling us to do more.
Abba Father, I thank you for this Christmas season – with all its lights. It is a reminder to us all of your miraculous provision of oil for the menorah in the rededicated temple, ushering in the “first” Hanukkah. I thank you that these lights are also a reminder of Jesus’ own words when He stated: “I am the Light of the World.” (I challenge the reader to read this very short verse several times and each time emphasize a different word.) And then I thank you, Lord, for giving us the opportunity to “let our light shine before others.”
I humbly present these prayers before our King and our Lord. Amen.
I do want to give you a head’s up that there will be a prayer time at City Hall on Sunday, January 9th at 4pm. This will be a time of prayer for both our local government and for our state government as the state legislature begins on the 10th. I hope to see you there.
Blessings and Shalom,