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).
In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me (Psalm 120:1).
David “appealed to him who has all men’s hearts in his hand . . . He obtained a gracious answer to this prayer.”*
*Matthew Henry, The Matthew Henry Commentary, p. 715.
“Sometimes the doctor calls with the awful news, your car breaks down on the side of the road for the fifth time in a month, or life just doesn’t go as planned. When that happens, gratitude is never your (my) first response.
There’s no formula for expressing gratitude when you’re too numb to respond, so I don’t have an answer here. The best idea I can give: tell your unedited feelings to the One who sees—and years down the road, if time has healed enough to show you any positive outcome from the situation, say thank you then.”* (bold mine)
“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.
“They saw the God of Israel. There was under his feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness” (Exodus 24:10).
Think about this small glimpse of God’s glory as you approach His throne through prayer.
The answer is no. The Lord himself has said, “I am God Almighty” (Genesis 17:1).
“When we pray to El Shadday, we invoke the name of the one for whom nothing is impossible.”*
*Ann Spangler, Praying the Names of God, p. 40.
“The enemies of the Protestant cause dreaded the prayers of Knox more than they feared the armies of ten thousand men.”
Charles H. Spurgeon, Spurgeon’s Lectures to his Students, p. 44.