A Christmas Prayer

I was going through some of my old files and found this lovely prayer from Julie Gillies and her devotional book Prayers for a Woman’s Soulthat I wanted to share with you. While it was written for the Christmas season, you could easily take out the mention of Christmas and the holiday season and substitute any busy season in your life when you feel overwhelmed and pulled in too many directions. Why not take a moment and pray this for yourself:

Dear Lord,

You know my heart and You see the stress and distractions that take up entirely too much room there this time of year. Right now I choose to place every stressful and distracting situation into Your loving and capable hands, and I ask You to refresh and revive my heart.

Help me to keep You as my main focus, in spite of the busyness of the holidays. Help me to turn to You, think of You, and talk to You as I go about these busy days of preparation. Hold me in Your peace and help me cling to You in the moments I feel overwhelmed.

Please give me grace to deal with all the people, events, gatherings and plans on my calendar this holiday season. Give me wisdom, energy, and the strength I need to meet obligations and needs. Help me to eat right and get the amount of sleep my body requires, and on days that doesn’t happen, give me more grace.

Most of all, Lord, help me to stay close to You, because in Your presence is fullness of joy. I long to not only experience Your joy and peace this Christmas, but I long to radiate it to others. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

I originally read this in a blog post by Glynnis Whitwer, “Praying for yourself is not selfish!” It’s from 2012, but it’s still very relevant today. Check out her blog when you get a chance. She always has some wonderful words to share.

Meanwhile, I pray that you will enjoy a blessed Christmas filled with hope, peace, joy, and love.

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“The
Lord is near.
Do not be anxious
about anything, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God. And the peace of
God, which transcends all understanding, will
guard your hearts and
minds
in
Christ Jesus.”
(Philippians 4:4–7, NIV)