Dear Heavenly Father, we humbly come before You with full hearts this Christmas. While this year has been difficult for each of us and the entire world, we are still grateful. The birth of Jesus, the gift of Your Son, brings everything into perspective. This year, the world has been full of despair. But we are so thankful to know that You have overcome the world.
So, we thank You for giving us hope today and every day. We have hope in Your Son, Jesus. We have hope because You have redeemed us. We have hope of spending eternity in Your presence. And we have hope because You are by our sides every single day. Thank You, Father, for the beautiful gift of hope.
Lord, even before this year started, peace often seemed elusive to us. We long to have peace in our lives. This world we live in feels anything but peaceful. The things we face each day bring a lot of stress and worry. But then we remember Your Son, The Prince of Peace. Oh how amazing it is that Jesus left us the gift of His peace. So today we choose to take hold of that peace. We will allow that peace to work in our lives. And in turn we will also be an instrument of Your peace to those around us. Thank You for giving us peace.
God, Christmastime is often associated with joy. This year especially we would love to have more joy in our lives. But we confess that there are times when we let circumstances steal our joy. Deep down we know these circumstances come from the enemy. So today we are taking a stand. We will not let the enemy steal our joy any longer. Having Your joy gives us strength. And we will hold onto it tightly. Thank You for giving us true joy.
Father, when we think about how much You love us, we are speechless. We have no words to express how amazing Your love is. Emmanuel. God with us. When we reflect on those words, we feel Your love overflowing in our lives. Knowing that You loved us so much that You chased after us and paved a way to save us from death. We can never repay that debt. But we are so very thankful for You and for Your unfailing love.
Lord, we pray You can help us to hold onto hope, peace, joy, and love – during this Christmas season, into the New Year, and every day in the foreseeable future. We are so thankful for the gift of Jesus and what He has done for us. And we are thankful for all that He represents. Having Jesus in our lives makes all the difference as we face each new day. Thank You. We are so grateful. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.