Redemptive Prayers Celebrating Christ’s Birth
By Kim Butts
One of the most wondrous of all miracles is how God sent His only Son into the world to redeem us. In the prophecies and the story of the birth of Jesus, we can see His hand at work to deliver us from sinful lives so that we might live forever with Him. Consider spending time praying with your family whenever you recognize God at work in you and in others. Consider how God desires to redeem men, women and children, and be open to the voice of the Spirit as He shows your family how to be a part of His continuing plan of redemption in the world.
The Father has redeemed us for a purpose! Prayer is key to this plan, as is our willingness to be the answer to the prayers we pray. His plan includes equipping His people to minister to the lost, and also to those who are poor, orphaned, oppressed, widowed, imprisoned and marginalized so that the miracle of Christ’s birth can be made manifest in every life.
Consider the Scriptures and prayer points below as you pray together, and listen as the Spirit directs you to be part of God’s redemptive plan for all people. With each prayer, seek the heart of God and consider what He would have you do. Listen carefully with a willing heart. Is He calling you and/or your family to be the answer for someone, for another family, or in a situation? If so, ask Him how He wants you to respond and then quickly obey.
Pray that those who are living apart from Jesus Christ will be drawn to His light (Isa. 9:2, 6; Rom. 3:22-24).
Pray that God might use you and your family to bring lost people into the kingdom of God. For example, take a prayerwalk through your neighborhood. If you see a need and God is moving in and through you, equipping you to meet that need, obey. Then, talk about the experience together.
Pray that God will allow your family to demonstrate God’s hope to someone. Perhaps you could visit a nursing home, or a shut-in from your church.
Pray that God will show you a lonely person who needs a touch from God.
Pray for those who are lost in sin to recognize it and repentantly turn their hearts to Jesus (Psa. 119:133-134).
Pray that every child will be wanted and cherished.
Pray for God to use you in one of these situations. Perhaps He will call you to minister to the homeless, or in a women’s shelter or Crisis Pregnancy Center. He may show you something completely different. Pay attention to the voice of the Spirit.
Pray for those who do not know the Good News – so that they will hear and receive it with great joy! (Psa. 71:23; Luke 2:10).
Pray that many will recognize that Jesus is Christ the Lord and their redeeming Savior (Luke 2:11-12).
Pray that God will give you an opportunity to share the story of Christ.
– Adapted from an earlier Herald.