Christmas is a celebration of Jesus’ birth. For to you is born this day a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (from Luke 2:11).
Christmas is also a reminder that Jesus will be back. The Lord himself will descend from heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:16).
Waiting, we pray, “Come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).
I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words (Psalm 119:147).
“Hope in God’s word encouraged him to continue constant in prayer, though the answer did not come immediately.”*
*Matthew Henry, The Matthew Henry Commentary, p. 713.
We pray with thanks because . . .
The Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations (Psalm 100:5).
“Our words are more important than we ever supposed. Saying “I Believe,” for instance, marks the difference between life and death.”*
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9).
*Eugene Peterson, The Message, p.1914.
Trials and tears
Pain that sears
Full of fears
Tell your peers.
Then change gears
Direct your cry to God’s ears
The Lord hears when I call to him (Psalm 4:3).
Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:11).
Pray willingly. One day every knee will bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
His understanding is unsearchable (Isaiah 40:28).
God understands your prayers. Even when you have no words.