I love getting Christmas cards. I save my favorites every year, and display them all around the house during the holiday season, some of them framed, some in a basket, some on shelves, or some in the shutter slats.
There is one special card that I received from a friend one year that I want to share. She is a woman who is a survivor of incredible circumstances, a woman who truly knows the Lord as her Rescuer, and the Protector of her very life. Knowing what she has endured, her Christmas card meant all the more to me:
“Jesus The Faithful One
The confidence we have…
the trust we hold…
the hope we carry…
rest in His faithfulness.
Every promise He has made He purposes to fill. He has the authority to accomplish all He has spoken. His power is limitless… His character changeless… His love endless!
May you experience His faithfulness and love during this Christmas season and all the coming year.”
Jesus is the Savior whose birth we celebrate this month. He is not just the sweet baby in the manger. He is our faithful, powerful God. Thank you C for that beautiful card! -RJ
What do these particular words of Jesus mean to you, and how do they influence your prayer?
1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. 3 “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
4 “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.
5 “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
There is nothing like having a real, true and personal relationship with God.
It is only by the grace of God, and His gift to us of faith, that any of us do.
Because of what Christ Our Savior has done for us, we have an intimate, direct connection to God. Not only can we talk to Him, we can actually be in His presence–with Him!
In the Bible it says that we can come to Him, and that He will be with us. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to live within those who trust and hope in Christ as their Savior.
The Holy Spirit helps us to pray, both alone and with others, to the Lord.
What a privilege it is that we can go to God and communicate with Him in different ways. He wants to listen to us and love us so intimately!
We can develop a passion for prayer that will strengthen us, give us peace, and bring us joy–anywhere, anytime, any way.
The following is taken from an article by Mary Fairchild on About.com:
Use this collection of notable prayers found in the Bible to study the prayers of the Bible or simply to help you become more effective in your prayer life as you pray God's Word.
John 17 In this notable prayer found in the Bible, Jesus prays a prayer of intercession for His followers before going to the Father.
Matthew 6:9-15 In this notable prayer found in the Bible, Jesus teaches his disciples how to pray.
Luke 18:13 In this notable prayer found in the Bible, the tax collector prays for mercy in a prayer of repentance.
Habakkuk 3:2-19 In this notable prayer found in the Bible, the prophet Habakkuk prays a prayer of worship and rejoicing to the Lord.
Ezra 9:5-15 In this notable prayer found in the Bible, Ezra intercedes to God for the guilt and sin of the people.
Daniel 9:4-19 In this notable prayer found in the Bible, Daniel pleads for the Lord's mercy in petition and fasting for the captive Jews.
Isaiah 38:2-8 In this notable prayer found in the Bible, Hezekiah, on his deathbed, cries out to God in prayer and God extends his life.
1 Chronicles 4:10 In this notable prayer found in the Bible, Jabez prays for God to bless him.
2 Kings 19:15-19 In this notable prayer found in the Bible, King Hezekiah prays to God for deliverance from the invasion of Sennacherib King of Assyria.
I Kings 18:36-39 In this notable prayer found in the Bible, Elijah prays for God to reveal Himself to the people of Israel at Mount Carmel.
1 Kings 8:22-30 In this notable prayer found in the Bible, after the work on the temple is completed, Solomon dedicates the temple with this prayer.
2 Samuel 7:18-29 In this notable prayer found in the Bible, after God makes a covenant promise to David, he prays this prayer of thanks.
Genesis 18:23-25 In this notable prayer found in the Bible, Abraham prays for God to spare Sodom from destruction.
Acts 7:59-60 In this notable prayer found in the Bible, Stephen, while being stoned to death, intercedes for those throwing the stones.
Ephesians 3:14-21 In this notable prayer found in the Bible, Paul bows to his knees in prayer for the spiritual strengthening of the Christians in Ephesus.
Colossians 1:9-12 In this New Testament prayer, Paul prays for Christians to know God's will.
Ephesians 1:15-23 In this New Testament prayer, Paul prays for spiritual wisdom.
Philippians 1:3-11 In this New Testament prayer, Paul prays for partners in ministry.
Jude 1:24-25 This New Testament prayer in Jude is a prayer of praise.