- Take a deep breath every time you realize how stress or tension has filled your day, and think about the reason-for-the-season...
- God's forgiving love expressed in and through and because of Jesus...
- And pray for family, friends, even foes, to receive faith, hope and love that moves them to explore the God of Christmas at Christmas.
I composted "The 12 Prays of Christmas" just for that purpose. Hope they help,
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The 12 "Prays" of Christmas
- Pray for the light of the Gospel to lead people to explore God at Christmas...and for courage to invite many as-you-go...
- Pray those who are lonely-unsafe-hopeless will know there is room at the inn this Christmas; our invitations to the church as a safe, welcoming place in January and February
- Pray we become like messengers-from-God ("angels") when we invite the community to explore God at Christmas and to explore the God of Christmas in the new year
- Pray this will be a Christmas when many students and young adults hear and respond to God's call to believe in Jesus and to love their neighbor
- Pray for those who, like King Herod, oppose the life-transformation message of the Gospel; becoming an obstacle or threat to those who are ready to explore God
- Pray for many children to understand the truth of the Christmas story; that they believe and become lifelong disciples of the baby who came to be our savior
- Pray for many wise men and women who will begin the journey of seeking truths about God this Christmas
- Pray men will, like Joseph who listened to the angel, have courage to pursue faith and become followers of the savior, Jesus
- Pray Christmas guests will, like Mary, ponder in their heart the truths they hear as they explore God this Christmas and explore the God of Christmas in January
- Pray those you are inviting to explore God will know that the grace of God that brings salvation to all people appeared when Jesus was born
- Pray for your church, your group, your follow-up with those who came to a Christmas gathering
- Pray for the friend, neighbor, associate you will invite to explore the God of Christmas with you/your church this January
Developed by Phil Miglioratti
Explore God Chicago Co-Chair • Pray.Network Curator