Monday, December 21, 2015

How the Message of Christmas Changed My Prayer Life

Strange how a baby born in humility could be named Emmanuel, God with us (Matt. 1:23).

Strange that the “God with us” left this earth with the promise, “I am with you always” (Matt. 28:20).

Strange that the God who is the “Great King over all the earth” (Psalm 47:2) stooped to arrive in the womb of a teenager, be born in a stable, sleep in a manger, and be tortured on a cross.

This God who came to dwell among us was called Emmanu-el. “El” means “the powerful God.” When He humbled Himself to become a man, Emmanuel was the powerful God among us.

When we approach His throne, enter through the curtain, and kneel in His presence, we are stooping to the King over all the earth, the powerful God who stooped even lower so we could come.

Prayer is humility—following in His footsteps.

Prayer is bringing requests to a God who hears prayer from a humble heart (Isaiah 66:2).

Prayer is kneeling in the presence of the powerful God who is with us (Emmanuel) who welcomes our presence and listens to our voice.

Prayer is the message of Christmas believed in and celebrated every day of the year.

“The LORD of hosts is with us.” (Psalm 46:7,11)

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  1. Beautiful, Bethany!Thanks for the reminder to connect with our Prince of Peace.

    1. Thanks, Lynn. Humbling to think we can come to Him boldly like this! Amazing that He came in such humility.