Responsive Prayer for the Christmas Season
Because you were willing to humble yourself, to become human, to make yourself nothing,
May we not think of ourselves more highly than we ought, but humbly serve you by serving each other.
Because you were born poor, weak, and homeless,
May we see the poor through your eyes, being generous and willing to share.
Because God out of his great love for us sent you to live among us and die for us,
May we believe that you are the Messiah, and therefore not perish, but have eternal life.
Because those infant hands of the babe in the manger were pierced on the cross as you bore our sins,
May we, healed by your wounds, die to sin and live for righteousness.
Because you, the infant in swaddling clothes, are our great high priest, who was tempted in every way just as we are, yet was without sin,
May we approach your throne of grace with confidence, knowing you sympathize with all our weaknesses, and will grant mercy and grace to help us in our time of need.
Because God has raised us with you on account of your sacrifice, seating us with you in the heavenlies above all powers and authorities,
May we stand against the devil's schemes, living lives worthy of your calling, being made new in the attitude of our minds.
Because you are the promised Messiah, the creator of life, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end,
May we adore you, praise you, and bless you, today and throughout the coming year.
Because you, the Root and Offspring of David, the bright Morning Star, have promised to come again soon,
May we all live in eager expectation of your return. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
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