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Praying God’s Mission at Christmas
Count Down to Christmas
Christmas Growing Up
Sunday mornings growing up for me meant going to Catholic mass. It was something that my mom thought was important for my sister and I to do. My dad stayed home. But, when it came to Christmas Eve, my dad would go with us. When it came to the Sunday after Christmas Eve, Dad was back at home doing whatever needed to be done around the house. That was who he was.
Today, it is very common to have people come to church on Christmas Eve and Easter and not other times of the year. We call them C and E Christians or Creasters. Twice a year they come to church and then we don’t see them anymore. This Thursday for Christmas Eve will not be any different. So the question we should be asking ourselves is; how do we pray for those who come to our churches - or don’t come to our churches?
My Church is starting to think more intentional about how and why we do things. And Christmas Eve service is one time that we are being more intentional. We had a Community Christmas Party and lots of people who are not part of our church came out for that. I’m praying that they will come this Thursday to worship with us. And while they are here, hear about God’s love for them. I’m praying that Christmas Eve is the night of salvation. Many people are coming to church Christmas Eve who don’t know Jesus personally. Won’t you pray for them to be touched by the love of Christ? I’m sure that there are C and E Christians coming to your Christmas Eve service. I will be praying for them. Will you be joining me?
Jesus is the Reason for the Season
I have come to the conclusion that I’m the religious weirdo in my family. This is because of my devotion to Jesus as Lord. I’ve been praying for my parents and my sister for many years and I will continue until God calls me home - whether they get saved or not. I will keep praying God’s promises. I pray for them because God loves them greatly and I want to agree with Him that they are loved by the God of the universe. I know that God is answering my prayers because he has brought my mom back to church regularly after many years of not going. God is faithful and I’m still praying for revival in the Roderick family.
How many of you reading this have unsaved family members? And how many of you will see them at Christmas time? Find time to spend with God and ask Him how best to witness to them for His great love. This could be the Christmas that changes their heart for His kingdom.
Some of you might be thinking that it is hard to witness to your family. I get that! It is hard and that is why we need to pray. Pray that God will be doing his part as we do our part. And not only that, but that God will also be moving in us so that we have the courage to say what it is that God is placing on our hearts. So, find time to spend with God in prayer about your unsaved family.
Family At Christmas
There is something about this time of year that opens up people’s hearts to spiritual things. More so around Christmas then it is around Easter, I think. Who are the ones that you are praying for? Pray for how God would like to use this time of year to share his love through you. Is there anyone that God is hoping you will invite to Christmas Eve service? Or maybe invite over to your house for a Christmas gathering. My challenge to you is to get your marching orders from Jesus and do what He commands. This takes prayer. So pray.
Worship to Help you Pray
I’m hoping and praying that this Christmas will bring about some great things. Things that only God can do. So, are you with me? Are there things I haven’t thought of that we could be praying? Just think of what is possible, and know that with God all things are possible. So pray. Pray for your family, your friends, and strangers coming to church. Just pray.
Pray, pray, and pray. Early and often.