Wednesday, December 24, 2008

From Our Morning Lessons - Christmas Prayers for Our Churches

The Spirit and the bride say, 'Come.' Revelation 22:17

Father in Heaven, make this Christmas a season of evangelism - of announcing the Good News of Jesus and inviting others to Him. Let your Holy Spirit open the hearts and minds of visitors and seekers, and let Christ's "bride", the Church, welcome them and speak to their deepest need. We ask this in the Name of the One who called us, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy: 'Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old...' Luke 1:67-70

Father, your angel imposed a speechless season on doubting Zechariah, yet restored his voice for joyful news at the right time. Help your Church, especially its ministers who will preach at Christmas, to set aside doubts and busy work, and preach the eternal Good News of your favor. Fill us with your Holy Spirit to proclaim the gift of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

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