"Your father is dying and you need to come quickly if you want to say your last goodbyes." I remember receiving that call in the middle of the night on a Christmas Eve several years ago. At the time, it zapped the life from me and momentarily destroyed my hopes for all anticipations of any Christmas Day laughter or joyous family festivities.
Immediately, I called a close friend who came and spent the night with our children so that they could stay at home and open their gifts. I recall wanting that for them, realizing that I would have to later break the news that Papa had passed away.
My father had been placed on a ventilator and the next few weeks were spent sleeping in an ICU family waiting room chair awaiting his prognosis. Miraculously through medicine, a team of great medical nurses and physicians and a mighty, powerful, divine touch from the Great Physician, my dad escaped that near Christmas death.
It's Not Always a Holly Jolly Christmas
You see, for many the Christmas season is not always filled with the jolly sounds of laughter. For some there are tears, questions, hurts and even grief. My prayer for you this Christmas is that no matter what you are going through, no matter how critical your situation, that God will encamp around you, give you peace and mend your broken heart....
Christmas Eve Prayer for the Hurting
Father God, I pray right now for those who are filled with grief, anxiety, sadness and fear on this Christmas Eve. I pray that You will surround them with Your holy presence and that You will give them clarity, divine wisdom and peace for their circumstances.
I pray for Your healing balm to saturate every heart and mind and to soothe broken spirits. Lord, I pray that You will begin to restore crippled, broken relationships, that You will comfort those who are grieving the death of a child, loved one or close friend, that You will provide miraculous provisions for those who are struggling financially, that You will touch those dealing with the pain and fears of disease and cancer, that You will be with those who are away from families and fighting for our freedom.
Lord, we ask that You will send Your angels to hover over those who are crushed because of shattered hopes and dreams. We realize Father that we can not fix their wounds, but You can.
God, You care deeply for the brokenhearted people. You declare in Your Word that You bind up their wounds. We ask in the name of Jesus, that You will release Your healing power and begin to remove bitterness, past hurts, anger, unforgiveness, and any critical spirit within us. Fill us with Your love and cause us to seek you with all of our hearts, pointing our hearts toward You and reconciliation.
Lord, above all, help us to realize that all of the gifts we may receive, there is only one that we really need and that is Your presence for Christmas. Help us to trust You with all of our broken pieces. Thank You, God, for the true miracle and hope of Christmas found in the birth of Your Son, Jesus. Now may Your favor, love, hope and joy rest upon each home. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:8-14
WHAT'S HOLDING YOU BACK?? BREAK FREE IN 2014!! Dove recording artist Sarah Groves, Sherry Jennings and I will share from own personal struggles and how you can be set free from your bondage in the name of JESUS! That's not all! We will have over 50 vendors on site with shopping, a concert and a TONS of PRIZES!!!! Tickets are on sale at www.bridgechurch.cc Bring your church groups! Bus and van parking is available!
We're linking up with some AMAZING bloggers…check out the links at the bottom right of the page.
Intentionally Yours is a 501(c)3 organization committed to sharing God's truth, hope and vision for marriage until every home is a godly home. Will you partner with us in this mission? Thank you for your support!