Christmas prayer for peace and love

Over two thousand years ago a band of shepherds heard some startling news from angelic visitors: “Be not afraid;” “good news of great joy;” “peace on earth and good will.” Seriously? But that was then, and now is now. Is that joy and peace still available? If you’re craving those things for your life this year, no matter where you are, here’s a prayer for peace and joy to be a reality in your life this year at Christmas:

Lord, in a season when every heart should be happy and light, many of us are struggling with the heaviness of life—burdens that steal the joy right out of our Christmas stockings. Crazy weather disasters strike at unsuspecting areas, ravaging peaceful homes and interrupting the lives of unsuspecting residents. Tragedy arrives as innocent victims suffer, and an inner voice whispers, “Be afraid!” We need your peace, Jesus.

Lord, we still carol the wonderful message, huddled beneath winter caps on snow-covered porches, or from churches, led by enthusiastic musicians or choir members. Yet we confess that our hearts are too often filled with wonder of a different kind: wondering when the bills will be paid, when the terror will stop, when rest will come. Will it ever? Is the message still true?

In a world where worry, not peace, prevails, stir up that good news again. This Christmas, make it real in our hearts. Never have we needed Your joy and peace more than now. Thank You for the gift of Jesus, our Immanuel, the Word made flesh. Forgive us for forgetting—that Your love never changes, never fades, and that You never abandon the purpose for which You came:

to save us from our sinful condition, and to give us life eternal, the joy of relationship with a holy God. Your birth—and Your death—sealed Your promise to us forever.

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For those whose hearts are battered by sorrow or broken relationships, for those whose lives know only conflict and confusion, for those whose bodies are tired and tested beyond their ability to endure this year—precious Savior, draw them close to You. Let them know You are still the same Jesus who was born of a virgin, not in a hospital but an animal barn, laid in a manger of hay. You are still the One sent by a heavenly Father who offered not condemnation for our sins, but love and forgiveness—and daily, divine fellowship.

We not only need Your peace and joy; Lord, we crave it. You’ve promised rest for the weary, victory for the battle-scarred, peace for the anxious, and acceptance for the broken hearted—not just at Christmas, but every day of every year.

Release the joy in us that’s been crushed by pride, wrong priorities, or world events. Tear down the strongholds that have held us captive far too long. Extinguish the flames of apprehension that rob us of a calm, quiet spirit. Show us again the beauty of that holy night so many centuries ago.

Your name is still called “Wonderful,” “Counselor,” “The Mighty God,” “The Everlasting Father,” and “The Prince of Peace.” As Your children, we cry out for a fresh filling, and a new awareness of Who You are. We choose by faith to make the “good news of great joy” a reality in our own lives, so others can see us as lighted trees of life, pointing to You this Christmas. We know one day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that You are Lord. And we also know that peace on earth can only come when hearts find peace with You.

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You are still our Joy. You are still our Peace. You are no longer a babe in the manger. You are Lord of lords and King of kings. And we still celebrate You as Lord—this Christmas and always.

Rebecca Barlow Jordan is an inspirational author, speaker, and passionate follower of Jesus who loves to encourage others heart to heart. She has written 11 books and over 1700 other articles, greeting cards, and other inspirational pieces. Her daily devotional Daily in Your Presence is available for delivery through Crosswalk.com. You can find out more about Rebecca at www.rebeccabarlowjordan.com.

Publication date: December 16, 2015

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 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” 
Heavenly Father, Glory, Glory, Glory and Praise and Honor to Your blessed reign. You are God Almighty and Father to the human race.

We come together with our family members and friends on bended knees and we pray and thank You abundantly for Your blessings this great day.

A day we mark our Lord Jesus’s birth as we thank You for this blessed birth, an amazing Gift You promised mankind through the prophets. A birth that would reconcile mankind to You in eternal life and salvation.

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Father, We praise You and we thank You for taking the form of flesh to be with us in the name of Jesus. You made this possible through a virgin called Mary and blessed is she chosen to do Your will on earth.

Isaiah 9:6 – 

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Father, we place our heartfelt thanks to You as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace, Lord of Lords and King of Kings.

As we enter into the holiest of seasons, let us think back to a much simpler time. A time when, as children, we were taught the story of Lord Jesus’s birth. And, as we grew, we learned of His teachings and ministry throughout the world. Now as adults, we have the ability to pass on Your word and story to our children in order that they will come to love You our God and Lord Jesus as our Savior.

He is the true reason for the season

Help us celebrate Jesus and know that He is the true reason for the season. We pray not to be caught in the beauty and exploitation of world in Lord Jesus’s birth, but to remember the Humble Savior lying in a manger. Help us remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and worship of the wise men.

We pray to truly reflect on the reason for His blessed birth. We pray to reflect on our own lives and come in repentance. May our hearts reconcile as we lay our failings at the feet of Lord Jesus and celebrate His mystical birth.

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Christmas Prayer – Loving one another as He Loved Us

We pray to understand His call to love one another as He Loved us. We earnestly pray to close the doors of hate and open the door of love all over the world.

May we reach out to each child with the message of His Love, Mercy and Grace and show them what the true meaning of Christmas is to us all. Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting. May we take this time to extend our gifts to the poor and the lonely and bring His love to them.

We pray for all those who are not able to be with their families in this joyous season. May we reach those we can and extend the Love and Peace of Lord Jesus.

Deliver us from evil by the blessings which Lord Jesus brings, and teach us to be glad with clear hearts in this season of peace.

May the Christmas morning make us happy to be Thy children, and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving one another and feeling the true love and peace of Lord Jesus with us.

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We pray in the blessed name of Jesus, Amen!

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Christmas Prayers

A Prayer of Thanks
Max Lucado

Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your Son to earth as a baby so many years ago.  Thank you that He paid the punishment for my sins by dying on the cross.  And thank you that He rose again to prove that death was truly defeated. I place my trust in You to be my Savior. Guide me through the dark times of my life and give me courage to live for You.  Amen

Opening Prayer for Christmas Eve Service
Rev. Dr. Sean B. Murray

Gracious, loving and merciful God, on this Christmas Eve, as the light of your Word penetrates our hearts, as we are reminded of the gift of life and faith, as the glories of the heavenly hosts are echoed in our church, we open ourselves up to your Spirit and give you thanks.   We are grateful, Lord Jesus, that your story has become our story, and we celebrate your birth.to take to heart the wonder of your love, that we may walk in your ways and delight in your will. Help us, Lord God, to be the faithful, gracious, loving, giving and forgiving people you would have us be.

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Lord Jesus,
Please forgive me for being so grumpy as I trudge through the never-ending tasks set before me this holiday season…

My to-do list seems to keep growing with shopping, church services, and family gatherings—

and I’m running short of time!

Restore the joy of Christmas to my heart . . .

and help me to relax each day and make time for

YOU–

my one true Source of Joy.

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A Prayer for Christmas Morning
-by Henry van Dyke.

The day of joy returns, Father in Heaven, and crowns another year with peace and good will.
Help us rightly to remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wise men.
Close the doors of hate and open the doors of love all over the world?
Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting.
Deliver us from evil, by the blessing that Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clean hearts.
May the Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children,
And the Christmas evening bring us to our bed with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus? sake.
Amen

The Story of the Birth of Jesus Christ

A Christmas Prayer

Jesus, the Light of the World, as we celebrate your birth . . . . may we begin to see the world in the light of the understanding you give us.  As you chose the lowly, the outcasts, and the poor to receive the greatest news the world had ever known, so may we worship you in meekness of heart.  May we also remember our brothers and sisters less fortunate than ourselves in this season of giving.  Amen.

THANK YOU, LORD,

for the gift of Your love.

May I be a shining

example of that love to others.

Amen.

A CHRISTMAS BLESSING
Wilda English,  n.d.

God grant you the light of Christmas,
which is faith;
the warmth of Christmas,
which is purity;
the righteousness of Christmas,
which is justice;
the belief in Christmas,
which is truth;
the all of Christmas,
which is Christ?.

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The snow is falling as I make my way back home.
I feel so grateful I have somewhere I can go.
But in troubled times like these,
with all the ones in need, it’s Christmas time,
so ,Jesus, I’m before you on my knees.

We pray for joy.
We pray for peace, from the west unto the east.
And that every man may find someone to love. (find someone to love)
We pray for strength.
We pray for light.
And on this holiest of nights, deliver hope where theres despair. (hope where theres despair)
Jesus, hear our Christmas prayer.

I pray that I become what you would have me be.
That I would give as much as you have given me.
In a world that’s torn apart, heal the hatred in our hearts.
It’s Christmas time and there’s no better time for us to start.

We pray for joy.
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We pray for peace, from the west unto the east.
And that every man may find someone to love. (find someone to love)
We pray for strength.
We pray for light.
And on this holiest of nights, deliver hope wihere theres despair. (hope where thers despair)
Jesus, hear our Christmas prayer.

Merry Christmas.
Merry Christmas.
Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for joy.
We pray for peace, from the west unto the east.
And that every man may find someone to love. (find someone to love)
We pray for strength.
We pray for light.
And on this holiest of nights, deliver hope where theres despair. (hope where theresdespair)
And that our vocies fell the air
A Merry Christmas everywhere
Well,Jesus, hear our Christmas prayer.

Падает снег, как я сделать мой путь обратно домой.
Я чувствую себя настолько благодарен, что я уже где-то я могу пойти.
Но в смутные времена, подобные этим,
со всеми теми, нуждающихся, это Рождество,
так, Иисус, я перед вами на колени.

Мы молимся за радости.
Мы молимся за мир, с запада до восточного.
И что каждый человек может найти кого-то любить. (Найти кого-то любить)
Мы молимся за силы.
Мы молимся за свет.
И на этом святейший ночей, поставить надежду на то, где Theres отчаяние. (Надеюсь, где Theres отчаяние)
Иисус, услышь нашу молитву Рождество.

Я молюсь, чтобы я стал тем, что вы бы мне быть.
То, что я дал бы столько, сколько вы мне дали.
В мире, который раздираемой, заживают ненависть в наших сердцах.
Это Рождество, и нет лучшего времени для нас, чтобы начать.

Мы молимся за радости.
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Мы молимся за мир, с запада до восточного.
И что каждый человек может найти кого-то любить. (Найти кого-то любить)
Мы молимся за силы.
Мы молимся за свет.
И на этом святейший ночей, доставить надежды wihere Theres отчаяние. (Надеюсь, где отчаяние Про ч)
Иисус, услышь нашу молитву Рождество.

Счастливого Рождества.
Счастливого Рождества.
Господи, услышь нашу молитву.

Мы молимся за радости.
Мы молимся за мир, с запада до восточного.
И что каждый человек может найти кого-то любить. (Найти кого-то любить)
Мы молимся за силы.
Мы молимся за свет.
И на этом святейший ночей, поставить надежду на то, где Theres отчаяние. (Надеюсь, где theresdespair)
И что наши vocies упал воздух
С Рождеством Христовым везде
Ну, Иисус, услышь нашу молитву Рождество.

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