Praying 25 Days of Christmas – 2017 (Day 25)

25 days of christmas - day 25

December 25

  • Background to today’s prayer
    • So today is the last day.
    • Why have you spent the time to pray this?
    • What result do you expect?
    • Below is my prayer, my expectation, for you…enjoy.
  • Today’s prayer

Lord this is the last day of this 25 Days of Prayer. And it is fitting  to end this with a picture of Jesus life AFTER His birth. Luke 2:40 and 52 tell us that He grew in strength, wisdom, grace, stature and favor, among both You and man. Father, my prayer is that each person praying during these 25 Days of Prayer would go from these prayers, and grow in the experience of Your presence, that comes so clearly as we spend time in close communing prayer with You Lord. Thank You Lord for this 25 Days of Prayer.

Praying 25 Days of Christmas – 2017 (Day 24)

25 days of christmas - day 24

December 24

  • Background to today’s prayer
    • We all have a past,
    • And there are probably some things in that past that we would prefer would just go away,
    • But as we said in an earlier prayer, God uses whom He chooses to use,
    • How exciting that God has a desire to use YOU!
  • Today’s prayer

Lord, as I think of Jesus’ visit to the temple when He was 12 (Luke 2:41-51), or John’s seclusion in the wilderness, until You wanted him on the scene (Luke 1:80b). And then I think of Daniel and Samuel, who lived godly lives, seemingly until their deaths. Lord these men seem so perfect. I want to bring You glory, and yet how can I bring You glory when I have the past that I do? I don’t know Lord, I don’t know. But, I thank You and praise You that there are men like David, Peter, Paul, and James, the half brother of our Lord, who grew up with Him and did not know Him. Oh Lord if these men would be used by You then I know that I too can be used. I submit myself to You Lord. Use me as You see fit. Use me to proclaim the message of Your Son, especially during this time of the year.


Praying 25 Days of Christmas – 2017 (Day 23)

25 days of christmas - day 23

December 23

  • Background to today’s prayer
    • Has to do with when the Lord’s plans are not clean and neat
    • We often think that if something is from God it will go smoothly right?
      • Think again!
      • Remember Job, the difficulties came at God’s insistence!
    • And so, because He’s sovereign,
      • Because the Holy Spirit does not make mistakes,
      • Because nothing is a surprise to God,
      • We can trust Him!
    • Psalm 103:19 tells us that, “His throne is above the heavens and He is sovereign over all.”
  • Today’s prayer

As I reread the account of the Magi’s visit (Matthew 2:1-12) and the flight into Egypt by Jesus’ family, including King Herod’s butchery (Matthew 2:13-18), I am reminded Lord that Your plans are not always clean and neat. We often find ourselves in a deep valley that You have brought us to. Father, thank You for Your many promises, of which Romans 8:28 is only one. It tells us that ALL THINGS work together for good, for those who are in Christ Jesus, Your son, the One who’s advent, who’s coming, we celebrate this Christmas season.

  • Follow-up to today’s prayer
    • People like to say that Job brought his issues upon himself, which doesn’t bear out in the text, (note Job chapters 1 and 2)
    • And look in the NT, Paul talked about it, Peter talked about it (1 Peter 4:13) rejoicing in and EXPECTING to suffer, with Christ
    • We make a grave error in the West by thinking that when difficulties come our way God wants us to wriggle out of them.
      • He has allowed them!!
      • God has allowed them for a reason!!


Praying 25 Days of Christmas – 2017 (Day 22)

25 days of christmas - day 22

December 22

  • Background to today’s prayer
    • Myrrh is an odd gift…for a baby?
    • But remember, this baby came to die
    • He came to die a HORRID death.
    • We need to remember this during the Christmas season,
      • There is NO MANGER scene without the cross.
    • Think about what that means…He came to suffer and die for you and me.
  • Today’s prayer

Lord, as Your Son came to earth, to go to the cross it is appropriate that one of the Magi’s gifts was Myrrh (Matthew 2:11) which is anointing oil, used at one’s death. We recognize now Lord, that His birth signified that His life would end in a bitter and ugly, embarrassing and alienating death on a Roman cross. Lord we know this because of passages like John 10:11-18 and John 16:16-22. So as we enter this season of prayer, we are reminded that their would be no manger, with a beautiful cooing baby Jesus, without a bitter and degrading cross, coupled with You turning Your back on Your Son for a time…for us to be saved. Lord we praise You, even as we beg You to show us brokenness, that we might understand Your heart and then pray for the nations and the church with the fervency that only a broken heart can.

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Praying 25 Days of Christmas – 2017 (Day 21)

25 days of christmas - day 21

December 21

  • Background to today’s prayer
    • Anna, who was in the temple (and had fasted and prayed for years) at the same time as Simeon (who was content to go home to glory now that he had seen the Messiah).
    • They were both at the temple when baby Jesus was brought in to be dedicated,
    • Anna should be a symbol for our older women in our churches today.
    • Older women need to be there to bless the younger folks.
    • I am very blessed to have some older women in my life. They do everything from
      • Making me fudge,
      • To handing me down ties,
      • To remembering me in prayer (and many of them can really pray!),
      • And I have a GREAT relationship with them.
    • So, do you have any “Annas” in your life? If not, why not?
  • Today’s prayer

Lord as I think of Anna and her role to both Mary and Joseph, as well as all those “looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem” (Luke 2:38), which You gave us in the expression of Your Son, I cannot help think about the opportunities our older women in our churches have. Lord, we have so many “Annas.” Lord, thank You for the many “Annas” in my life. Forgive me Lord for the times I have “marginalized” them. My prayer Lord is that others in our churches will be burdened for the gifts that only the “Annas” can impart, as we let them minister in our lives. And Father, I pray also for the “Annas,” that they Lord, would be willing to listen to You, and impart what You lay upon their hearts. Thank You Father for the gift of the “Annas” in our churches.

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Praying 25 Days of Christmas – 2017 (Day 20)

25 days of christmas - day 20

December 20

  • Background to today’s prayer
    • Simeon again, this time challenging us regarding thinking or, staying in our “safe” little box, when the reality is God is calling us to live a life that is abundant and full!
    • Because God is real,
      • His birth,
      • His life,
      • Imagine how much you are missing because you do not step out of, or think out of your box and think the way the Lord wants you to?
    • One way we are “cheated” out of His abundance is because we are angry towards someone
    • Think seriously about today’s prayer.
  • Today’s prayer

Luke 2:32, Simeon again, with something so contrary to the Israelites mode of thinking!, that the Messiah would be the “light for the Gentiles,” which was to bring glory to them, the Israelites. Imagine, glory to the Israelites, through the Gentiles! How counterintuitive that would have been for them Lord. And yet, do we miss Your glory, in our lives, because that which You want in our life, is so contrary to what we want? Oh Lord, forgive us for making our will an idol above You, above Your will. Forgive us Lord for not stepping out of our box, trusting Your lead and direction in our lives.

  • Follow-up to today’s prayer
    • I constantly teach this when I speak in churches.
    • I like to bring up verses we HATE to hear, IE
      • Ephesians 6:12 “Your struggle isn’t against flesh and blood…”
      • 1 Peter 3:7 “If there is anything between you and your spouse your prayers will be hindered.”
    • I know you think you have a right to be grumpy at someone close to you…but step outside of your box and…

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Praying 25 Days of Christmas – 2017 (Day 19)

25 days of christmas - day 19

December 19

  • Background to today’s prayer
    • We hear people talk about being DEAD to sin and ALIVE to Christ.
    • But what does that mean?
    • Does it mean simply, to believe in the Lord?
      • No, even the demons do that (James 2:19).
    • It means to completely and constantly SUBMIT to Him,
    • So that He lives His life thru you
  • Today’s prayer

Lord, Luke 2:31, has Simeon saying something that is so outside of the way we think. He says that Jesus IS our salvation, not merely PROVIDING our salvation. Lord, as we are reminded of Your Son’s advent, unto us, give us the grace to remember that He IS our life, if we are saved, meaning that we trust You to give us the grace and mercy to live, dead to self, dead to our sins, and alive to Him, Your Son, Christ (Romans 6:11) submitting our entire lives, completely to You. Forgive us Father for trying to live partially submitted to you.

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Praying 25 Days of Christmas – 2017 (Day 18)

December 18

  • Background to today’s prayer
    • If you’re perfect you can skip this background
    • The rest of you…listen up!
    • The older I get, the more I realize how loving and forgiving God is.
    • As you go into this holiday season, and your family is broken, let the Lord comfort you.
  • Today’s prayer

Lord, in Luke 2:22-24 we read of the dedicating of Your Son in the temple. Lord, the great responsibility that Mary and Joseph had, bringing up Jesus reminds me of the great responsibility we have in raising our kids. Lord, so many of us have already failed in that regard. We trust You Lord to forgive us for failing our children, and Father, we ask You to cause our children to forgive us.

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Praying 25 Days of Christmas – 2017 (Day 17)

25 days of christmas - day 17

December 17

  • Background to today’s prayer
    • Your “comfort-zone”
    • What does that mean?
    • Especially as it relates to people that are around you
      • Older folks
      • Younger folks
      • Folks that are different from you
    • Face it, sometimes it is just scary to give time to someone you are not used to.
    • That’s why we have today’s prayer
  • Today’s prayer

When Jesus was named, there were two old saints, Simeon and Anna (Luke 2:22-39a) that were used very intimately by You. Lord we have many, many older saints in the church, and we have marginalized so many of them. Forgive us lord. And Father, we confess that many of our elderly do not want to be used. Forgive us for that too Lord. We have become a church that sees talent through narrow, human, eye-balls. Forgive us Lord. Titus 2:1ff tells us how to live our age. Father, my prayer is that I would do my part, no matter my age, Lord that I would be an active part of the body, no matter my age, that I would reach out to those older than me, and that I would reach out to those younger than me. Oh Lord, we are all a part of the body, ALL of us are Lord!!! Forgive us for marginalizing those that are folks we do not normally hang with.

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Praying 25 Days of Christmas – 2017 (Day 16)

25 days of christmas - day 16

December 16

  • Background to today’s prayer
    • The Bible tells us that Mary, Jesus’ mother “stored up” all of these things that were unfolding around her,
      • Watching,
      • Listening,
      • Being aware of all of the good things going on.
    • But what about you and I?
    • What will we ponder, or dwell on, during this season, and as a result of this season?
  • Today’s prayer

Father, You do so many great things, and yet, what is it that I store up, or treasure, or dwell on? Isn’t it so often what I want, Father? Forgive me Lord for being so selfish. Give me the grace Lord to store up those wonderful things that You lay before me, that You want me to store up, and cause me Lord, to ponder them. And then Lord, let me pass them on to others, just as Mary has to us (Luke 2:19), through the gospel writers.

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