Dear Lord, Thank you for the beauty and joy of Christmas and its celebration of the birth of the Christ Child, a birth which began the road to Salvation for mankind. What's so remarkable about this gift is that you know we are unworthy and so often choose sin over goodness with the wrong choices made using our free well. That didn't stop you, however, from showing grace and mercy and opportunity for each of us to earn Salvation through believing through faith in Him and putting Him first in our lives. You knew our weakness and Jesus offered the only link that can change us if only we allow Him to do so. And your love for us in allowing this event to unfold with lasting consequences felt the world over is what is really so important. He truly lives and will come again at a time you choose to reign the world in peace and tranquility for a thousand years.
Lord, it's a very difficult thing for we sinners to change our ways. The concept is simple, but the action required is not, yet we ask that you open our hearts to the guidance available within us from the Holy Spirit. And open our eyes so that we will see and fully understand that the Bible gives us the path to Salvation. It is a book which talks to us, speaking your words clearly and fully understandable through practice.
We ask that you be with us in whatever we do, using the Holy Spirit to put us in touch with Jesus, our mediator with you in all things. Keep us strong, devoted and committed to the Truth, for only the Truth can lead us to breaking the chains of slavery, slavery to sin, which brings us down. Real freedom can only come with the breaking of those chains and turning ourselves over to you.
Mold us, shape us and direct us in becoming your missionaries on earth, a planet that has both much beauty and much which is ugly. We can make a difference in everything we do by representing your wishes. Small positive steps following your direction can lead to great and good changes of heart, attitude and will all around us and we ask that you direct us as your will desires.
We ask this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, born this day so long ago in the most humble of situations to show the world what was really important. Amen