Holy God, loving Father,
You anointed Jesus in the Jordan River
and proclaimed him Your beloved Son,
but all too often I overlook this very important fact;
that Jesus is not just your Son
but Your Son who died as the
for the atonement of our sins.
May I be drawn into an ever deeper understanding
of the divine nature of our Lord and Savior,
so much so,
that I ascribe to You what is due Your holy name;
for to see and know Jesus
is to see and know You.
All glory, strength and honor
be ascribed unto You,
through Christ Jesus my Lord.
As we inch ever closer to Christmas,
we are reminded that the point of all our preparations is
to worship our Savior,
who was born to die for us.
Many have suggested that Christmas has nothing to do with death,
but without the death and resurrection of Jesus,
we are left with nothing;
May the JOY of the Advent season fill our lives
so much so,
that Jesus radiates from us
and therefore brings You glory.
In Jesus name I pray,
Father God, Creator and Redeemer, I know not how to praise You as You deserve; for there is much in my heart that leads me astray. You deserve so much more that I can give, for… You loved me even before I was born. You breathed the breath of life into my being. You have redeemed my sin-fallen life through Jesus Christ. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. Oh God, fill me with Your Spirit that I may see You. Fill me with Your Spirit that I may know You better. Fill me with Your Spirit that I may praise and worship You as You deserve. Here I am to worship You. Receive my song, my praise, my thanks. Oh God, receive me. Here I am to worship You. Here I am to worship You. Amen.
Holy Father, loving God, please send Your Holy Spirit.
Send Your Holy Spirit to reorient my heart. Send Your Holy Spirit to inflame my passion for You. Send Your Holy Spirit to renew my soul. Oh God, send Your Holy Spirit.
Send Your Holy Spirit to embolden your Church. Send Your Holy Spirit to give courage to Your children. Send Your Holy Spirit to help us stand firm. Oh God, send Your Holy Spirit.
Send Your Holy Spirit to still the fears running wild in this world. Send Your Holy Spirit to open hearts to listen. Send Your Holy Spirit to douse the hatred taking to the streets. Oh God, send Your Holy Spirit.
Holy Father, loving God, We can’t do this life alone. We can’t seek Your will with our own ears. We can’t stand strong without Your strength. Oh God, please, oh please, send Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus name I pray,
Holy Father, Jesus said, “let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such as these belongs the Kingdom.” Oh God, may I have the child-like faith to run into Your holy arms. May I receive Your Gospel as a baby excitedly receives their milk. May I cling to Jesus as tightly as my children do to me as I try to leave for work. May I gaze upon You as a newborn does unto their parents. Holy Father, I thank You that You do not hinder me coming to You. I may stumble and fall along the way, but You are quick to scoop me up. Loving Father, here I am; hold me. My Abba. My God. Amen.
Father God, may we bask in the joy and glory of our lives being hidden with Christ. But may we not hide from others. May this hidden-ness not be an excuse to keep to ourselves and simply wait for the coming of our Lord. Rather, may the joy of being hidden with Christ lead us to spread the wealth with others so people, through faith, may be rich towards God.