Pause to Pray and Praise
by Brenda McGraw
Do you believe in miracles? Do you sometimes look through the eyes of the world and are skeptical that maybe God doesn’t really exist? I do believe in miracles, but have also skeptically looked at things through my human mind.
Today, it’s Christmas Day 2014. Merry Christmas from Ask God Today Ministries.
What did Santa bring you? Did you get what you wanted? Are your kids leaping with joy? Isn’t it exciting to see someone shrill when they open the gift you gave them?
As we wake up on Christmas morning excited about the day, watching the kids anticipating what Santa brought, opening presents and seeing family and friends, we still need to pause to pray. We need to pause long enough to praise. As I recently heard a friend say, “We need to invite Jesus to the party.” We tend to leave Him out and He is often an afterthought. We need to pause before and during the party to pray and praise.
I didn’t really want anything special this year. I am far more blessed than I ever have been or deserve to be. I received what I wanted when my husband came home for Christmas after being out of the country for six weeks. He is home and he is my very best friend and that is a Christmas blessing to share my time with him. But there are many who aren’t going home for Christmas or won’t be spending the night with family.
What if we weren’t waking up at home this morning?
There are a lot of people who are waking up homeless, without the warmth of a home with a big tree lit up with the glow of Christmas lights. They don’t have gifts wrapped under the tree or the warmth of a bed to sleep in. I get a feeling of guilt when I think how much we have and others don’t have. What are the homeless experiencing this Christmas morning? Pause to pray and praise.
What if we weren’t waking up at home because we were waking up in the hospital? We have a very good friend, Ken Mayfield who is waking up this morning in the hospital, but they and we are thrilled that he is waking up, even though it is in the hospital. He has been called a “Christmas Miracle!” Ken was working at his church and fell four stories, approximately thirty to forty feet and fell hard on a concrete floor on his back. Ken has broken numerous ribs and fractured vertebrae. It is a miracle that he has no paralysis or any brain damage. He is in ICU so they can assist his breathing and watch him but he is alive. We are thankful. I believe in miracles. Do you? Pause to pray and praise.
What if we weren’t waking up at home because we were in the service and were serving our country? Being away from family is difficult but even more difficult when it is Christmas. Pause to pray and praise.
Today during the hustle of Christmas we need remember to pause and pray asking God to provide for the homeless, heal the sick and protect the military.
Let’s pause and praise God for His provision, our health and protection.
“O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD, Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.” Psalms 95:1-2
Will you pray with me?
Hello my sweet Jesus.
It’s Your time of year to shine brightly into the lives of others. As we pause to pray and praise You God, help us to remember to invite Jesus to our Christmas party and make Him the center of attention. Forgive us Lord for getting caught up in the magic of Christmas and reveal to us the real meaning of Christmas.
May we in someway magnify Your holy name. May we bring You glory and honor. I pray people would draw closer to You. I pray my kids and the next generation would draw closer to You. I pray You would provide for the homeless, heal those who are fighting illness or disease and protect our military.
Be lifted high, be glorified and magnified. My heart belongs to You God. You have healed me, protected and provided for me; you have redeemed me, forgiven me, saved me and changed my life. I am forever grateful to You my King. You are my everything. My life is not my own. My life belongs to You. I see more of the purposes and plans ahead of me the closer I walk with You.
When we get down or something zaps our joy, may we always focus on You. I pray “less of me Lord and more of You.”
I love You Jesus. I love You my Lord, my heavenly Father.
We will praise You forever.
In Jesus name I pray.
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Please leave a comment with your favorite Christmas memory or someone we can pray for today. Merry Christmas! I hope you have a wonderful, Jesus and joy-filled day! Brenda
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