Precious Father, we are especially blessed to pause and remember how precious You really are to us during this season of the year. Despite our sin, Your love never diminished towards us. From our sin, in the beginning, You made provision to bring us into a relationship with You for all eternity. At this time of the year, we are reminded of Your great love and provision for our sin through the celebration of the birthday of Jesus. Your love toward us is precious not just for His birth to dwell with us on earth, but through Your love toward us, He gave Himself as the final and complete sacrifice for our sin. THANK YOU, Father!!
Our prayer continues for Your kingdom to come, Your Will to be done – in our lives, our homes, our churches, at our work, and throughout our nation. Father, we desire to honor You by doing Your Will and working to achieve Your purpose.
Use this holiday season to rekindle in our hearts and actions a passion for surrendering to Your will and willingness to be used to accomplish Your purpose in all that we do as Christ-followers.
Provide for us all that we need today to accomplish Your purpose. Help us to realize that – as we abide in You, we have ALL that we need to become the men and women of faith that You have commanded us to become in You.
We ask Your forgiveness for our sinfulness – those that we have knowingly done through our disregard, indifference, and disobedience to Your Word as well as those we have unwillingly been distracted of through the efforts of the enemy and his efforts to keep us from seeing the harm our witness brings to the prayers we pray and the work we do to accomplish Your plans. As we ask Your forgiveness, we are reminded that we are to forgive those that have sinned against us/brought harm and hurt into our lives as You forgive us and remember it
against us no more.
Father, please protect us from the efforts by the enemy to destroy our witness for You each day. Go ahead of us to clear the way. Do not allow us to fall into temptation without reminding us that You are with us; there to protect and defend if we will but allow You to be Lord of our lives and submit to Your will and to Your way. Remind us today You have already defeated the enemy, and we have been delivered from him due to Jesus’ death on the cross for our sin. Father, help us walk with You each day and experience the fullness that comes in a right relationship with the Living Lord Jesus Christ.
Father, through Christ, we belong to You and are a part of Your Kingdom. Not just the kingdom that is to come in Heaven, but a part of Your Kingdom today. And it is in Your power and promises that we strive all that we can become in You to demonstrate we are a part of Your Kingdom. We desire to live a life that praises You as You deserve to be praised, honor and worship You as You deserve to be worshiped, and live a life in a way that brings glory to You this day. Father, help us today to do our part to advance Your Kingdom.
Father, this season, help us remember why Christ came to earth. You sent Him to save us from our sin. He came to give us salvation, a restored relationship with You, and the precious gift of eternal life. In the precious name of Jesus, we pray this prayer. Amen!
Dougald McLaurin has served as the Associational Missions Strategist of Tar River Baptist Association for over 20 years.