A Prayer of Thanks
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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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
my one true Source of Joy.
Coping with Loneliness at Christmas!
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.
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.
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?.
Let us pray in this season, that we keep Christ in Christmas and rejoice in the Peace, Hope and Love that His birth brings.
Please do not hesitate to write your own prayers as we pray together….
Heavenly Father, as we celebrate this auspicious season, commemorating the birth of Your Beloved Son and our Lord Jesus Christ, we pray to recollect the Scriptures written of His Divine Incarnation and birth.
Luke 2:11 – For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
We pray to remember His humble birth in a manger, the angels in heaven rejoicing in hymns of praise, the poor shepherds who flocked around Him in awe and wonder and the wise men who came to worship Him in honor.
John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
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We pray not to be carried away with the pomp and exploitation of the world in this wonderful season, losing the true meaning of His birth that continues to bring an Amazing Grace to the world.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
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Father, we thank You for Jesus Christ our Lord, who was God with us as He came into the world in flesh and blood. We thank You because by His Life, mankind has seen many miracles. By His power, we receive healing and forgiveness of sins and His Amazing Grace that fills us with heart-filled JOY, true PEACE, a HOPE-filled life and an everlasting LOVE that never exhausts in time.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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Father, as we rejoice in this season of Christmas, we pray to keep love glowing and growing, forgiving every hurt and misunderstanding and accepting one another despite all odds through Christ who forgives, accepts and loves us without conditions. May family unity be our reason for this season. May the love of Christ fill us in every moment.
We pray and we lift up those who are lonely, depressed and abandoned and who have nothing to look forward in life.
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We pray for those in prison. We pray for those who are condemned and set aside by society for their past faults and sinful choices. May the joys of celebrating Christ birth give them renewed hope and consolation that though the world forsakes them, in Christ they have every worth and through Christ they will see a new horizon.
We pray for the sick, those facing terminal illness and those who are disabled and dependent on others for a living. May the joy of celebrating our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, bring them hope, healing and consolation.
We pray that we who believe in Him, our Great Savior of Salvation, will keep our hearts and minds set in Him. We will follow the way He led His life, in lowliness. May we be blessed by His love and grace that will see us in a life everlasting with Him, Amen.
O Holy Lord and Savior Divine
Born to be God with us in time
Come O come Lord we delight
Come in our midst this holy night
Bless us Lord with Your love and peace
Fill us in grace and set us at ease
May Your life light our days
Our hearts in Your ways set ablaze
Songs of Praise and Psalms we sing
Lifting our hearts in joy fulfilling
O Saviour Divine we bow our knees
Our tongues confess You are Lord indeed
Hallelujah Amen Christ the King
The Son of God sent to earth in redeem
Rejoice O heaven and you on earth
Welcome a Righteous King of Divine birth.
Prayer is a special secret conversationman with God, in which a reverent state and sensation of touching eternal truths is found. The prayer for the Nativity of Christ helps to find peace of mind and peace. This frank appeal to God can express a request, repentance or gratitude. Talking with God is always individual, and it is necessary to be alone with the Savior, to purify your thoughts and soul.
- 1 The action of prayer
- 2 Prayer for Christmas
- 3 How to pray properly
- 4 Texts of prayers for the Nativity of Christ
- 5 1. A Prayer to Keep Christmas Simple
- 6 2. A Prayer to Remember What Christmas is All About
- 7 3. A Prayer for Peace During Holiday Season
- 8 4. Christmas Eve Benediction/Prayer
- 9 5. A Short Prayer of Christmas Thanks
- 10 6. A Prayer to Keep God at the Center During the Holidays
- 11 7. A Prayer for the Merry…and the Not-So-Merry
- 12 8. A Prayer to Re-focus During the Holiday Season
- 13 9. A Prayer for the Days After Christmas
- 14 10. A Christmas Tree Blessing (taken from Psalm 96 and Ezekial 17)
- 15 11. “Lord, Remind Me” Prayerful Song
The action of prayer
Everyone from time to time experiencescomplex periods in life, when the only support that gives hope is a sincere conversation with the Almighty. Many people know the situation when in everyday life and in especially dangerous moments, without hesitation, we immediately recall the “Our Father”, which has been stained for centuries, or the sacred words known to everyone: “Lord, have mercy.” As soon as we begin to pray, we immediately feel the invisible presence and care of the higher forces, touching something unknowable and eternal.
Prayer can remove the heavy load that carriesman in his soul. It purifies, pacifies, alleviates and soothes. But the sacred words have an effect if a person believes in divine powers and reveals the soul and heart while reading them. Not all people know the texts for memory, but when there is a need to address God, openness is important, and then even simple words coming from the soul will necessarily be heard. Prayers are:
- Private – addressed alone to the Lord with a request or thanks.
- Public – the texts that are the basis of worship, passing to us from generation to generation. They are divided into several types:
You can communicate with God aloud and mentally. Mental appeal to the Lord allows you to start with him at any time a personal monologue.
Prayer for Christmas
Christmas night is special, it is fullmagical magic, as if all the higher powers descend to the earth, joyfully glorifying God. It is believed that on the night of Christmas there is a heavenly channel of communication with the Most High. Therefore, the prayers pronounced by the priest in the temple bear a special meaning and immense power. Festive holy days, as well as observance of all church canons, strengthen the appeal to God. Walking from the heart, a sincere prayer for Christmas will be heard and will help to survive a difficult period in life or alleviate suffering.
For those who do not have the opportunity to visit the church,you can pray in the home atmosphere for a holy supper. The main prayer, which must certainly be read, is the “Our Father”, known to all from ancient times. You can also read an address to the Mother of God or to Jesus Christ – a prayer for Christmas. To attract love and happiness in your life, you can use a special prayer, which is read in the morning on Christmas Day.
How to pray properly
Every person can receive a response to an appeal,no matter where he pronounces the sacred words. Prayer treatment should resemble a conversation with the closest person, meeting with a friend. The main thing in this case is to start and finish the ritual correctly, in which several important recommendations will help:
- It is desirable to prepare for prayer in advance, thenit will have great power. To do this, you need to bring order to the thoughts and create peace of mind. No extraneous thoughts should disturb the mind, it is important to concentrate on the uttered words as much as possible.
- Praying is necessary in front of the icon and preferably with the image of the one to whom the worshiper refers.
- It is important to read the texts from the heart, pondering the spoken words.
- Do not let any images enter your mind. Also, do not represent the image of the Holy, which you apply.
- It is important to forgive all those whom you previously considered enemies, to save the soul from hatred, anger, resentment.
- To get the maximum effect, you need to light a candle. Fire is the vehicle of energy and in this case reinforces the request.
- If you read an appeal to attract love toChristmas, you should light three candles at the same time. Before uttering the sacred words, one must mentally imagine the image of the beloved, who would move towards you.
- Before the beginning of the prayer, it is important to cover yourself with the sign of the cross, which helps to attract the grace of God and protects from negative energy.
- To begin to pray is best from reading the “Our Father”, overshadowing yourself with the sign of the cross before and after reading each prayer.
- Having finished the prayer, it is necessary to kiss the icon, expressing faith and reverence to the Holy One.
Remember that prayer is not always fulfilled immediately, for some kind of request it is sometimes necessary that many circumstances are lined up, the main thing is not to lose faith!
Texts of prayers for the Nativity of Christ
“Lord Jesus Christ our God,our salvation for the sake of the earth in the flesh is revealed, and from the Immortal and the Most Blessed Virgin Mary is born inordinate birth! We thank Thy, as You have granted us, the feat of the fasting of those who have been purified, to attain the great feast of Your Nativity, and in the joy of the spiritual with the angels chant thee, with the shepherds of glorification, and with the wise men worship. We thank Thy, as by Your great mercy and infinite indulgence towards our infirm, soothe us today with an abundance of spiritual food, but also with a festive meal. “
Another Prayer for Christmas: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God. All the sins that nest in the chest, I implore you, let go. Do not kill me with a sinful love, do not torment me with a bloody wound. On the way, teach the true soul, and add love to my heart. Let this love be happy, not stale, blind and mocking. Thy will be done. Amen”.
As we approach the holiday season, we are faced with yet another opportunity to pause in the midst of all the excitement, decorations, and commercialization, to consider again the origin of Christmas–the One whose birth we celebrate. Let’s not forget the true meaning of why we celebrate during this time of year. Celebrate the baby Jesus and trust Him as Savior today.
Reflect on the joy and hope of the holiday season with these Christmas prayers:
1. A Prayer to Keep Christmas Simple
Dear Lord, don’t let us miss You this Christmas season. Help us to simplify our activities and traditions so we can focus our celebration on Your birth. Thank You for being the Prince of Peace, and I ask You for that supernatural peace to reign in our hearts. Thank You for the simple but life-changing message of Your love for us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
~ Melanie Chitwood
2. A Prayer to Remember What Christmas is All About
Lord, I thank You for coming to earth so You could redeem me. When I think of the extent to which You were willing to go in order to save me, it makes me want to shout, to celebrate, and to cry with thankfulness. You love me so much, and I am so grateful for that love. Without You, I would still be lost and in sin. But because of everything You have done for me, today I am free; my life is blessed; Jesus is my Lord; Heaven is my home; and Satan has no right to control me. I will be eternally thankful to You for everything You did to save me! I pray this in Jesus’ name!
~ Rick Renner
3. A Prayer for Peace During Holiday Season
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.
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.
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
4. Christmas Eve Benediction/Prayer
May you be filled with the wonder of Mary, the obedience of Joseph, the joy of the angels, the eagerness of the shepherds, the determination of the magi, and the peace of the Christ child. Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit bless you now and forever.
5. A Short Prayer of Christmas Thanks
Thank you God for sending Your Son on one glorious night to be born a virgin, to live a perfect life and to die on the cross for my sins. Thank you that he rose from the dead three days later and that this Christmas and every Christmas we can celebrate the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. Amen.
6. A Prayer to Keep God at the Center During the Holidays
Lord, We worship You during this Christmas season. You are our wonderful Counselor, mighty God, everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). We choose to put You at the center of our family life as we celebrate Your birth. Keep us from distractions and help us to invite You into all our family activities. Teach us to pray and help us to glorify and worship You in our family during this busy time of year. Give us a spirit of wisdom and revelation that we might know You better (Ephesians 1:17). Thank you for being Immanuel, “God with us.” Open our eyes to realize this each day as we interact with others. Help us to be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as You forgave us (Ephesians 4:32). Show us creative ways to love and care for those outside our home. Fill us to overflowing with Your love for the lost. Teach us to do acts of kindness to those who are in need at this time of year. May our family be a refreshment and light to others. We ask You to touch with salvation those in our family who do not know You . Open their hearts to Your great love for them. Help us to share Your Truth and be Your light. You are the Savior of the world.
We love Your Word and choose to make it central in our family life. Your Word is alive and active—It’s sharper than any double-edged sword—It judges the thoughts and attitudes of our hearts (Hebrews 4:12). We long to align ourselves spiritually with You and Your Word every day. We want to pray your Word with Your authority, and with greater faith and obedience in our lives as we approach this New Year. We rejoice in following Your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. We meditate on Your precepts and consider Your ways. We delight in Your decrees. We will not neglect Your Word. Open our eyes that we may see wonderful things in Your law. We run in the path of Your commands, for You have set our hearts free (Psalm 119:14-16, 18, 32).
Lord, we want to be passionate about the things you are passionate about. Help each member of our family to be a student of the Bible. Teach us to pray Your Word out loud in our family devotions in such a way that we see mighty spiritual breakthroughs in our home, friends, school, and workplace. Help us declare prophetic promises and decrees from Your Word. We want to experience the life-giving power of Your Word on a daily basis in our family. Show us truth in Your Word, and bring it to life through our prayers. Open the eyes of our hearts that we may be enlightened in order to know the hope to which You have called us, the riches of our glorious inheritance in You and Your incomparable great power (Ephesians 1:18-19). In Jesus’ name, amen.
What Child is This? – Luke 2
“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord!” Join us this Christmas for an inspiring walk through Luke 2 as we remember the birth of Jesus.
Posted by Crosswalk.com on Monday, December 21, 2015
7. A Prayer for the Merry…and the Not-So-Merry
Father God, We thank You and praise You today for the miracle of Your Son’s birth. Thank You for bringing great JOY to the whole world! Thank You for giving us the assurance that because You came to us in the form of a human, we who believe in Jesus can know with absolute certainty that we’ll spend eternity with You.
We thank You, Lord, for the many reasons we have been given a merry Christmas. And we rejoice for each blessing. New life. New love. A home. A job. New opportunities. Second chances. And more.
We know, Lord, that You bring the sun and the moon and set the stars in motion. You tell the ocean where to stop and the snow when to start. And we thank You for the mighty gift of Your creation.
Thank You, Father, for spiritual leaders and faith-filled friends who keep encouraging us when we are close to giving up.
And although we have many reasons to rejoice today, Lord, we also know December 25th can be not-so-merry for a whole host of reasons. We pray for those who are experiencing loss this Christmas: relational, financial, spiritual and physical.
We pray for those who are coping with loving a prodigal and our friends and family members whose hearts are far from You. We pray for those dealing with unemployment and addictions and chronic sickness … and unending pain and frustrations of all kinds. Thank You, Lord, that You are The Wonderful Counselor and Prince of Peace, even in the midst of our not-so-merry circumstances.
Finally, Lord, we ask You to grant us peace. Peace in our homes, peace in our churches, and peace in our hearts, when the world all around us spins out-of-control. Help us to stay focused on You, this Christmastime and always. Thank You for loving the whole world enough to send the greatest gift, Your Son, so that we might truly have a very merry Christmas. In Jesus’ name, amen.
~ Steph Raquel
8. A Prayer to Re-focus During the Holiday Season
Dear God, sometimes I get too caught in the Christmas commercialism. OK, a lot of times. Today, I’m going to refocus my heart and remember why I’m celebrating this wonderful day in the first place. I’m celebrating Jesus today…and every day! In Jesus’ name, amen.
~ Sharon Jaynes
9. A Prayer for the Days After Christmas
Dear God,Help us to focus on you today, remembering that the gift of Christ, Immanuel, is our most treasured gift for the whole year through. Fill us with your joy and the peace of your Spirit. Direct our hearts and minds towards you. Thank you for your reminder that both in seasons of celebration and in seasons of brokenness, you’re still with us. You never leave us. Thank you for your daily Presence in our lives, that we can be assured your heart is towards us, your eyes are over us, and your ears are open to our prayers. Thank you that your surround us with favor as with a shield, we are safe in your care. We choose to press in close to you today… In Jesus’ name, amen.
~ Debbie McDaniel
10. A Christmas Tree Blessing (taken from Psalm 96 and Ezekial 17)
Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary. Ascribe to the LORD, all you families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts. Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth. Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns.” The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity. Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. Let all creation rejoice before the LORD, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his faithfulness. – Psalm 96 “‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will take a shoot from the very top of a cedar and plant it; I will break off a tender sprig from its topmost shoots and plant it on a high and lofty mountain. On the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it; it will produce branches and bear fruit and become a splendid cedar. Birds of every kind will nest in it; they will find shelter in the shade of its branches. All the trees of the forest will know that I the LORD bring down the tall tree and make the low tree grow tall. I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. “ ‘I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it.’” – Ezekial 17:22-24
11. “Lord, Remind Me” Prayerful Song
When I hear the news and hear another war has begun
And I wonder if God’s on the side of either one
I hear bullet, nail, or handcuff he bore all of them And in the light my heart’s as dark as anyone’s
Lord, remind me
Lord, remind me
That the shepherds heard the angels break the silence in the field
That the wisemen found a baby and they could not help but kneel
That the one who heard our weeping, became a child in manger sleeping
Lord, remind me
‘Cause it’s Christmas and I want to remember
~ Jon Guerra