Father, you are Lord and Creator. You are holy and sovereign. We pray to you because you alone hear. You alone can intervene in our circumstances. You alone are able to bring about salvation, peace, and healing.

if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14

As your people, we humble ourselves, pray, seek your face, and repent. When we look around our nation and world, we are heartbroken at the fallen condition of mankind. We see wickedness, despair, immorality, violence, and hate. We long for awakening. We long for sinners to come to know you. But we realize that revival must begin with us. Reveal to us our sins that we may confess them. Grant us repentance that we may turn to you.

Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
    blot out my transgressions.
 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
    and cleanse me from my sin!

Psalm 51:1-2

Have mercy on us your people. When we look in our sinful hearts, we find idols: things to which we give attention and adoration besides you (1 John 5:21). Use these days to reveal our idols that we may turn from them and to you with our whole hearts. We deserve judgment for our sin, but we plead your mercy.

You keep him in perfect peace
    whose mind is stayed on you,
    because he trusts in you.

Isaiah 26:3

Father, we are weak. As your people, we should walk by faith, not sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). But we find ourselves nervous, anxious, afraid. Forgive us for being overwhelmed by our circumstances and controlled by our fears. Teach us to keep our minds on you, to trust in you, and experience your peace.

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

Teach us to bring our anxieties to you in prayer with thanksgiving. Father, you want to hear us as your children. You want us to have your peace and presence. May we learn to pray in thankfulness and experience your peace.

They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.  As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.

John 17:16-19

Thank you Father that you have changed us. Thank you that we have your Spirit living within us and our hope and future is eternal. Nevertheless, we find ourselves living in a world fractured by what is false and divided by disinformation. Sanctify us in your truth. You have sent us into this world to influence and impact. To fulfill your purposes, we need what is timeless: your truth and your Word. May we focus this day on your Word and your will.

praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

Ephesians 6:18-20

Father, may we walk daily in a demeanor of prayer. May we persevere, praying when we feel like it and when we don’t. May we intercede for others. May we have boldness to declare the truth of the gospel that will redeem lost souls. The only hope for your people is revival and renewal in your Word and by your Spirit. The only hope for our nation and world is the gospel of your Son. Revive us your people that we may boldly proclaim Jesus to a lost world. In your glory and grace, grant revival to your people and awakening to our land.


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One of the most amazing things about Christmas is the wonder it creates. Every parent knows the joy of watching the eyes of children fill with excitement when they open their Christmas morning gifts. One of the most valuable aspects of the wonder Christmas creates is that it tunes the minds and hearts of children and adults alike to hear truth. The wonder of Christmas is a powerful ally to the ultimate truth about Christmas.

Yes, Jesus was born of a virgin. Yes, the events surrounding his birth were miraculous. Yes, Jesus’ birth fulfilled many Old Testament prophecies. But Jesus’ birth anticipated far more than a magical night in Bethlehem more than 2,000 years ago. Jesus was born to live a perfect life, die a substitutionary death on a Roman cross, and be raised from the dead providing eternal life to all who would believe in him.

When was the last time you paused to wonder at the glory of God’s entrance into the world? Wonder is a spiritual reality that reminds us how small we really are and how grand and glorious God is. For example, it is a wonder that we even exist. Eric Metaxas put it this way in his book Miracles, 

As of now, fifteen years into the twenty-first century, we know of so many conditions that are absolutely necessary for a planet to support life that not only is it extremely improbable that any other planets can support life, it’s extremely improbable that our planet should support life. To speak statistically and logically, life of any kind should not exist and we shouldn’t be here (37).

Metaxas proceeded to argue that even the size of our planet is uniquely designed for life. Were earth just a little bigger, gravity would increase causing toxic gasses rather than oxygen to hug the planet making it impossible to breath. Were the earth a little smaller, gravity would decrease making it virtually impossible for water to exist on the planet’s surface causing earth to be inhospitable to life (37). The size of the earth is just one of nearly 150 variables necessary for life to exist on a planet. Makes you wonder?

When we consider that we even exist, we should wonder. When we think that the God who created all humbled himself to be born as a baby, we should wonder. When we realize that Jesus died so that we could know the Creator-God personally, we should WONDER. Wonder stimulates humility and humility is the spiritual necessity for walking with God.

So before your Christmas holiday is over, pause, and WONDER at the God who loves you with an uncontainable glorious love.

Metaxas, Eric. Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.