LIFe with God: December 23

Posted on December 23, 2011


Luke 1:39-80

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What was the response of Elizabeth and her unborn baby (John the Baptist) at the arrival of Mary, who was pregnant with Jesus? Why did the Holy Spirit (speaking through Elizabeth) say that Mary was blessed? What did the Holy Spirit, speaking through Zechariah, say was the reason for Christ’s arrival (verses 76-79)?


Do I react with great joy and excitement when I consider the arrival of Christ? Would Elizabeth have called me blessed for my faith? Do I thank God for his merciful compassion, for sending Christ to shine His light on this dark world?


Dear Loving Eternal Father, Give me a heart that rejoices and exults in the coming of Christ Jesus! Give me a faith that believes You at Your word and responds in obedience and absolute confidence. Thank You for Your great mercy and love, revealed in Your divine Son, who gave us salvation through the forgiveness of sins by faith in His shed blood. Thank You that He came to earth to shine on us who lived in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet in the way of peace! Be glorified in me this Christmas and all the days of my life! I ask this for Jesus’ sake and in His name, Amen.

Pray to BLESS!

One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries.

  • Doug & Pam Patchin
  • Jared & Amanda Patchin (Alex, Luke)
  • Keith Rast
  • Andrea Rodriguez (Willie, Yulieta)


  • Boise Rescue Mission


  • That we will be people who are devoted to giving to the Lord’s work and to anyone who has a need.

Community: Pray for Ontario…

  • That city leaders would submit to God
  • That people can find and keep gainful employment
  • For sound financial management by city officials
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • For the mayor, city council members, and public works officials

For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6 (HCSB)

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