A Torn Veil – Christmas Prayer

Lord Jesus, so many times I have not recognized You in my life. The veil is thick, so thick, between earth and heaven, between flesh and spirit, between you and me. Or at least that is how it seems.

But the veil has been torn. And You have entered the world so that all could enter in. Thank You that no longer is the Spirit of God hidden behind a thick curtain for only one person to behold once a year. No, with Your sacrifice all are ushered directly into the presence of God through You, His Son.

Thank You for taking on the veil of flesh so that the veil between God and man could be removed.

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This reading is taken from Finding Christ in the Carols, inspired by lyrics from well-known Christmas Carols. Available for only $2.99 this month, this devotional will help you find refreshing moments of devotion and reflection during the busy holiday season.

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Be an Angel – A Christmas Devotional

 

Christmas devotional

Angel means messenger. If your created purpose was to relay a message, wouldn’t you want to share the greatest message ever? The birth of a child “who will save the people from their sin”?

We have that privilege. Today. It is no longer Heaven’s best-kept secret, but sometimes we tend to act like it is. I know I do. But the world deserves to know who Jesus is, what He has done, and how they can meet Him.

Let the whole world know “what the gladsome tidings be.” Be a messenger. Be someone’s angel today.

Lord, help me to take the time to tell someone today. Tomorrow. Every day. Christmas is such a wonderful time to do it, to share the “gladsome tidings” of Your Son, Jesus.

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This reading is taken from Finding Christ in the Carols, inspired by lyrics from well-known Christmas Carols. Available for only $2.99 this month, this devotional will help you find refreshing moments of devotion and reflection during the busy holiday season.

A Christmas Prayer

Sometimes the striving and sorrow seem too much. Sometimes the poverty and pain I see make me wonder where You are, and why You can’t do anything.

I know You have granted freedom and we do the wrong things. I understand that, but when innocent are hurt, it is as though I can hear the whole world groaning, crying out for deliverance.

But You cried out for deliverance too, as You hung on a cross. And Your only deliverance was death. What a humiliating end for the Son of God.

It was all part of that incomprehensible plan that enabled You to save our hearts here and now. Today. And You will heal the whole world one day, making it new and pure as it once was.

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This reading is taken from Finding Christ in the Carols, inspired by lyrics from well-known Christmas Carols. Available for only $2.99 this month, this devotional will help you find refreshing moments of devotion and reflection during the busy holiday season.

The Wonder of a Seeking God – A Christmas Prayer

good shepherdLord, it is a wonder that You would seek after one such as me. That You would search and rescue me. You have 99. You have a thousand. A million. A billion, yet You seek after me.

And when You find me, you do not let me go. No matter how many times I wander, You comfort me with Your words and woo me with Your love and draw me home again.

Thank You for this heart of love that seeks after the wanderer, or the part of us that wanders, and rejoices when it is found.

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This reading is an excerpt of a devotional from Finding Christ in the Carols, a devotional inspired by lyrics from well-known Christmas Carols. Available for only $2.99 on Amazon, Finding Christ in the Carols will help you find moments of personal devotion and reflection during the busy holiday season.

The Long Winter – A Christmas Prayer

Lord, the winter sometimes seems to last so long. The winter outside my door, yes, and the winter in my heart. Sorrow seeks to overwhelm me. The loss I’ve faced makes me feel as though nothing will ever make me smile again. There is a coldness in my heart that I feel I can’t shake.

Let Your love bring my heart to life again. It might be painful, I know, when a frostbitten heart is warmed by the power of Your light. But I would rather a living, beating heart, even if it feels pain, than a heart of stone.

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This reading is an excerpt of a devotional from Finding Christ in the Carols, a devotional inspired by lyrics from well-known Christmas Carols. Available as an e-book on Amazon, Finding Christ in the Carols will help you find moments of personal devotion and reflection during the busy holiday season.

Lord of My Heart – A Celtic Prayer

Lord of My Heart A Celtic Prayer

 

Lord of my heart, give me vision to inspire me, that, working or resting,
I may always think of you.
Lord of my heart, give me light to guide me, that, at home or abroad,
I may always walk in your way.
Lord of my heart, give me wisdom to direct me, that, thinking or acting,
I may always discern right from wrong.
Lord of my heart, give me courage to strengthen me, that, amongst friends or enemies,
I may always proclaim your justice.
Lord of my heart, give me trust to console me, that, hungry or well-fed,
I may always rely on your mercy.
Lord of my heart, save me from empty praise, that I may always boast of you.
Lord of my heart, save me from worldly wealth, that I may always look
to the riches of Heaven.
Lord of my heart, save me from military prowess, that I may always seek your protection.
Lord of my heart, save me from vain knowledge, that I may always study your word.
Lord of my heart, save me from unhealthy pleasures, that I may always
find joy in your beautiful creation.
Lord of my heart, whatever may befall me, rule over any thoughts and feelings,
my words and actions.

Amen.

A Kind of Make Believe

“Praying is spiritual work; and human nature does not like taxing, spiritual work. Human nature wants to sail to heaven under a favoring breeze, a full, smooth sea.

Prayer is humbling work. It abases intellect and pride, crucifies vain glory and signs our spiritual bankruptcy, and all these are hard for flesh and blood to bear. It is easier not to pray than to bear them. So we come to one of the crying evils of these times, maybe of all times: little or no praying. Of these two evils, perhaps little praying is words than no praying. Little praying is a kind of make-believe, a salve for the conscience, a farce and a delusion.” – E.M. Bounds