Lord, I pray that this would be glorifying to You above all else and that it would be a reminder of Your Word and Your love that would stir up and awaken people, as it has awaken me and given me “a new taste of Your indestructible joy” this Christmas season.
This year my heart has been burdened by the thought of Christmas. My mind has been clouded with questions of why we even celebrate Christmas as Christians? Jesus was not even born in December and the traditions that I have associated with Christmas have nothing to do with the birth of Christ. Thanks to a loving reminder from someone very dear to me, God showed me that while family time, yummy food, gifts, the scent of pine, Christmas songs and movies are all wonderful things to be thankful for, I have allowed them to distract me from what this time of the year is really all about.
We have all heard it a million times… Christmas is a celebration of Jesus birth, but if we are honest with ourselves is that what our hearts are focusing on? My answer for the first 19 years of my life would have to be no and that’s not simply because I didn’t have a relationship with Christ. It’s because we live in a fallen world and I allowed my sinful heart to focus on the American traditions before I focused on my DESPERATE need for Jesus.
So as I approach the Christmas season this year, my prayer for myself and everyone else out there is this:
I pray that we would feel a desperate need for Jesus. I pray that we would take this Advent to focus on the true meaning of the word: coming. The coming of Christ. This is a time of the year to focus on the love and grace that God showed us when, “The Son of Man came to seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10). I pray that this Christmas, we would be overwhelmed with the fact that Jesus came to “deliver us from the wrath to come” (1 Thessalonians 1:10) and to “bring good news of GREAT JOY” (Luke 2:10). I pray that this Christmas our excitement, expectancy, and anticipation would be God-centered.
This Christmas, I pray that we would celebrate and find joy in the original advent (coming) of Christ and His purpose of coming: seeking us and saving us. I pray that we would celebrate the fact that Jesus didn’t come to us just that one day on the first advent, but that every day since Jesus is seeking and saving more and more lives.
Finally, I pray that this Advent would be a season we will meditate on John 20:21, “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” I pray that we would cherish and WORSHIP the characteristics of Christ by living in His Word and seeking to share (and remind people) about what this time of the year is all about.
JESUS. COMING. SEEKING. PURSUING. SAVING. LOVING. BRINGING JOY.