Around the Table :: 8 Christmas Prayers for the Family


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Around the Table :: 8 Christmas Prayers for the Family

Around the Table :: 8 Christmas Prayers for the Family

The one thing we want for Christmas? God's presence. Invite him in to your family celebrations with these meaningful prayers for Christmas.

As you gather around your tables or snuggle up in front of the fire this Christmas, here are 8 prayers for Christmas to lead you into worship as you and your families reflect on the gift of Jesus.

These prayers are from a variety of sources — some taken straight from Scripture; others written by God-fearing men and women who love Jesus.

My prayer is that these prayers, though written by others, will lead you into deeper communion with God and will help unlock what your heart needs to say to the Lord this season. May these be a starting point in your prayer time and a tool that leads you into deeper honesty, connection, and adoration of our Savior.

From Hughes Oliphant Old

Father,
all wise from everlasting.

We bless you for your Word,
the Word
which was from the beginning,
the Word which has always
been with you,
the Word
which shares your divinity,
the Word
made flesh, dwelling among us.

Grant that we might behold in him your glory,
that in that Word
we might hear you,
that in that Word
we might speak to you,
that in that Word
we might meet you.

To the name of Christ, your incarnate Word,
be all glory,
as to you, O Father,
and the Holy Spirit be all praise.

One God forever and ever. Amen.

A Prayer for Christmas Morning

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.

Henry Van Dyke

From Matthew Henry

“We give all honour to you, our great God, that when the fullness of time had come, you sent your Son to be born of a woman, born under the law, that he might redeem those that were condemned by the law. We praise you that the eternal Word was made flesh and tabernacled among us. … We bless you that Jesus was born of a virgin and came into the world that he might bear witness to the truth. We believe and are sure that he is the Christ, the Holy One of God. Without reservation, we accept the fact that he is the one that had been prophesied as the Coming One. So we will never look for any other person to save us.”

A Christmas Blessing

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.

Wilda English,  n.d.

A Prayer

Ah, dearest Jesus, holy Child,
Make thee a bed, soft, undefiled,
Within my heart, that it may be
A quiet chamber kept for Thee.

My heart for very joy doth leap,
My lips no more can silence keep,
I too must sing, with joyful tongue,
That sweetest ancient song,

Glory to God in highest heaven,
Who unto man His Son hath given
While angels sing with pious mirth.
A glad new year to all the earth!

Martin Luther

A Blessing at Christmas ::

May you know the Christ of Christmas as…
The God who sings over you and with you in joy
The God who rejoices over you and with you in love.
The God whose mountains and hills break forth before you into singing; and all the trees of His fields clap their hands
The God who walks beside you, delighting with you as He directs your every step.

May you know this Lord of Love as…
The God who compassionately comforts you as a Father in all your troubles
The God who strengthens your inner man by His Spirit that is always with you.
The God who is your strength, your refuge, and a very evident and present help.
The God who is your shield and protection when you are under attack.
The ever-present God who is eternally your peace.

Unknown

A Simple Prayer for Children

Father, we thank Thee for this day.
Bless all we do and all we say.
May we each enjoy Thy blessings great
As Jesus’ Birth we celebrate.
And may the love that we share here
Remain throughout the coming year.
Amen!
Anonymous

Love Incarnate

God, you showed us how much you love us by sending Your one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. We look for love everywhere. We wonder if we’ll ever find it, and despair that we will never truly be loved. But, Father, we don’t need to look or wonder or despair because in that dirty stable, you sent Love incarnate.

Through Jesus, You showed us what love is. This is real love. —not that we loved God, but that YOU loved us and sent Your Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. While we were still sinners, detached and disconnected and enemies of You, Christ died for us. Through Jesus’ sacrifice, You proved your love for us.

O God, tether our hearts to Yours! The only reason we can love is because You first loved us. Compel us to walk in love, just as Christ loved us.

from prayTruth

 

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Praying with you as we worship our Savior!

Erika // erikadawson.com

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