Light Up Your Christmas With These 7 Prayers
Ever wonder how to really light up the Christmas season with God's love and power? Let me start by saying that God's powerful presence has nothing to do about how much we do. Instead it is about how little we do. Let me explain it with this verse:
"He must become greater; I must become less."
For God to really light up your life, your house, your family, your affairs, your heart, soul, mind and body, you must become less. When the ego-self diminishes the Christ-self will light you up.
The easiest way of relinquishing the ego-self and allowing God's presence to increase in you is to follow Jesus' advice in John 14:23. Anyone who constantly reads and deeply contemplates over God's word until it becomes the natural thought of the mind can, and will, see God's loving energy play a major role in life.
Keeping God's word as the thought of the mind is one of the cornerstones of our faith, prayer is another, and action another. Combining the cultivated word with prayer with action will literally transform a person into the Christ-self. "He must become greater; I must become less!"
Open door to the miracle of Jesus' birth in you this Christmas. Take time each morning to read and meditate on God's word, pray the following seven prayers, then take action for that day.
It's time to light up Christmas!
Seven Prayers For Christmas Light
Less Of Me, More Of You
The Christmas season can become a very hectic time that inevitably forces us to focus on things and sometimes on ourselves, so much that we miss opportunities to serve God. The “I” and “me” around planing daily strategies can, and does, occupy the mind so much that we miss people and opportunities God puts in front of us. Beyond that, we may miss a clear signal from God.
So how do we fix it? First read scripture every day. For today try reading John 1:9-13, 1 John 3:16-18, Matthew 5:14-16, Ephesians 4:2, and Mark 12:30-31. Meditate on the meaning of these verses, then make a conscious effort to recall them during the day. Type the verse numbers into your calendar and schedule it 2 or 3 times today to send you a reminder.
PRAY: Pray first thing in the morning that God may profoundly open your eyes and ears this Christmas season to the needs of others as well as His voice. Make a list of people you know, and don't know, put your hands over the list and pray for them.
Caring for others is God's love manifest in the flesh. When you selflessly care for another human being you embody God more fully. God is love, when you love you embody God.
Consider being the hands of the Lord. Look at the list you composed yesterday. Does someone on your list need care? Do they need to heal? How can you help them? Be an ambassador of Christ and selflessly love others. When we show love by caring for others in tangible, practical ways it reflects God's love for them.
PRAY: Pray again for the people on your list. Ask God to reveal the best way you can demonstrate His love for them. Thank God for His care toward you. Recall how God cares for you and give Him thanks and praise. Type into your calendar, and send yourself reminders through the day of the people on your list. Pause for a couple minutes when the reminder alerts you and pray for them, especially those who need care. This process will stimulate your mind to think of ways you can help them. Consider also contributing to charities. Follow God's lead.
Be On Guard
The holidays are a time when millions of dollars are spent on commercialization. You must guard your heart from the worldly allure of materialization. Jesus is the center of the Christmas celebration and the gift we receive from Him is spiritual.
Often during the holidays selfishness and rudeness prevail with long lines, busy shoppers, and dense traffic. This Christmas season it's vitally important to remain steadfastly focused on Jesus. If we allow the pressures and stresses of the holidays to rob us of the spiritual treasures that make us more like God, we lose our joy and the vision of Christ vanishes.
Read James 4:4! Remind yourself of this today with a calendar notification. Every time you get the reminder take a few seconds to humble yourself before God. Then let God be everything to you for that moment. This will magnify God while diminishing worldliness.
PRAY: Pray that the Lord protect you from spiritual influences. Pray that the Lord may reveal to you when you may be lead astray. Pray for forgiveness for any covetousness, greed, or jealousy. Repent, the Lord loves a broken and contrite heart. Then pray in this way, or something similar, “Lord into Your hands I commit my heart, soul, mind, and body. Have mercy on me. Bless me with Your holy presence.”
Serve Others To Serve God
“For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me” Matthew 25:35-36
When you serve others you serve God. Look at your list and find ways to serve your family, friends, and strangers. Pay special attention to people who don’t know Jesus.
Meditate on this today, “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28
PRAY: Pray that God show how to serve others. Type into your calendar, and send yourself reminders through the day of the people on your list. Take a couple minutes and pray for the. Often God reveals tasks during prayer. Stay attentive, and serve.
It's described in the gospels that Jesus listened to people. Listening is one of the greatest services we can perform in the world. It seems today that rarely does anyone pause and listen to another person. Even more rare is eye contact. Can you imagine Jesus acting this way?
Loving and attentively listening to others reveals needs and opens doors. Many times the answer is Jesus himself, other times it may be an action or tangible gift. For others it may be that the act of just listening brings healing. Listening expresses love and care for another, and sometimes that's all we need to do.
Remind yourself of James 1:19. read throughout the day and practice it.
PRAY: Pray for God to sharpen your ability to listen today. Pray that you may listen without prejudice or judgment. Pray that you may listen with love and compassion.
Forgiveness Opens The Door
"For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you." Matthew 6: 14 Although Christians are saved many carry heavy burdens. Without forgiveness many will experience inner turmoil, stress, and maybe sleepless nights. It's best to forgive and let go.
According to Matthew 6:14 if we forgive others for their transgressions God will lift our transgressions from us, the cause of inner turmoil, stress, and sleeplessness. Forgiving others opens God's door of mercy and healing in our heart. It allows for His light to increase and heal us from the inside.
As a person bearing God's light you can more freely love, understand, listen, forgive, and guide by example, in other words you become more Christ-like. It's time to light Christmas with Christ's light.
Humble yourself before God. Reflect on all the people in your life, past and present, then deeply and humbly give yourself to God. Place yourself in His hands. In God's holy, reverent presence, forgive, pray, let go. Then love God with all your heart, soul, mind and body. Love God with every part of your being. Let His glory shine though. Next start loving those you forgave.
Life is to short to be hampered by negative emotions. Negative psychological patterns destroy us from within and is the playground of the enemy. Prayerfully consider following this step even if you think there's no one to forgive.
READ: Isaiah 1:18, Matthew 6:14-15, Mark 11:25
"And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." Matthew 23:12
On Christmas eve consider relinquishing everything. For a few minutes think about totally and complete bowing to God. Let go of all thought about bills, trips, shopping, dinners, and everything else. If you have a sickness or disease let go of that also. If you have pressing issues that require attention let go for a few moments and give God the love and respect He deserves.
Totally and completely humble yourself before God. Let go in His presence. Let His light shine! Let His presence in you begin to inspire prayer and pray. Give thanks and praise His glory. You were created to glorify Him. Glorify Him with love, respect, and trembling. Remember, you are not your own, you are Christ's. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
Now begin to accept everything in your life. Love God and thank God for everything in your life. Regardless of what it may be thank God with love for everything. The purpose of this prayerful meditation is to totally and completely focus on God so God becomes the singular focus of your life. (Exodus 20:3)
Accepting all things and loving God for it, exalts God to the highest and most preeminent position in your life and is the mark of true humility. Those who humble themselves before God will be exalted. (Matthew 23:12)
From this day forward, think, walk, and talk with humility, and God's increased presence will gradually manifest in you, and around you, more powerfully.
Stay humble! If even a small amount of ego rises, God's presence will decrease.
I want you to know that I personally will be praying for you these last seven days before we celebrate Christ's birth. Between Dec 18 and Dec 24 I will pray in your support. Now go and be His disciple. I hope you enjoy lighting up Christmas with these seven prayers. God bless you. Please share your thoughts, ideas, or additional prayers you pray pray during the Christmas season. We love you and we're all praying for you. God bless you.