Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
We welcome the memory of Your Son's first coming as we celebrate Christmas Eve. Like the great hymn, we sing, "Hark! The herald angels sing: 'Glory to the newborn King.'" Philippians 2:5-9 tells us that God the Son was fully God, with all the glory and privileges that only You have, O Lord. Yet He set aside the use of those privileges to become a man, humbling Himself to the point of death on a cross.
Indeed, Jesus was born to die that man might live. He emptied Himself for me. He became a baby and grew to be a man for me. He humbled Himself to save and rescue me. That's what Christmas is really about.
Lord, as carolers sing the verse, "Born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second births," may that expression, "born to give them second birth" lodge in their minds. Help those who sing these words to examine their own hearts to see if they have truly been born again.
But thank You that though the Lord Jesus came the first time to be the Lamb of God (John 1:35b), He will come a second time to reign and be exalted. Indeed, all creation will one day bow before Him and acknowledge that He is Lord (Philippians 2:10-11).
Lord, for many folks, this is a lonely time of year. Father, I have to admit that I feel lonely at times too. I remember Christmases past and long to see loved ones who have departed from this life. While many of us are running around to party after party, some folks have few friends or family. O God, comfort the lonely. I especially remember the single, the widow, widower, the unhappily married, the divorcee, and the orphaned, abused or neglected. O God, reach out to these with Your love this Christmas.
This time of year also reminds me that the things of earth cannot satisfy. Though I can be excited for a short period over a fine gift, I remember that the greatest gift of all is the "gift of God, which is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23).
Lord, I ask that Your Spirit would draw many to Jesus this holiday season. Open the eyes of the lost and help them realize that they need Jesus. Use church service sermons, religious programming, Your Word and the testimony of believers to draw them to Yourself, I pray. May we see a mighty harvest over the next few days, I pray.
My Father, I especially appreciate the ministries whose services are associated with Christmas. I thank You for Samaritan's Purse and the tens of thousands of Christmas boxes they deliver to the world's neediest places. O God, bless the children who receive these packages of love. Bless those who receive nothing! Bless Angel Tree as they seek to provide gifts to children whose parent is incarcerated. Bless the Salvation Army and local rescue missions throughout our world.
Now, Lord, I commit this day to You. May the Spirit of Christ within me help me to enjoy the true meaning of this holiday. And whether others understand or not, I can rejoice in God my Savior! Amen.
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