I pray today, Lord, for all those people who, from the depths of their depression, are hoping that the Christmas message will give them new courage and a sense of purpose in living. May they find the Christ child and the peace he offers. Give them joy. I ask this in Jesus’ name – AMEN.
Lord, bless and guide all those people who have lost their way in life. Help them to see where they have gone wrong and to review their mistakes and lifestyles. Give them the humility to see themselves as they are and the hope to look to the future. I ask it in Christ – AMEN.
I pray today Lord for people who are addicted to gambling. I ask that you will enable them to understand their own thought processes and to bid goodbye to the losses they have sustained. Help them to move forward and to cherish the money they do have. In Christ I ask – AMEN.
“The Word was in the world, and though God made the world through him, yet the world did not receive him”.
Jn 1:10 GNB
It is difficult for us, coming two thousand years after Christ, to imagine a time or a world, into which he had not yet come. John the apostle, thinking deeply about it all some decades after Christ, understood the world before Christ. The Word was part of it – the thinking of God, his self-expression and self-revelation. The Word was involved in the creation of the world. Some people “sensed” God. They saw him in the nature round about them, the sun, moon and stars that reflected his presence. So did the order by which the earth functioned – the revolving of the seasons, the rain that watered the earth, and the provision of food. So some people dimly groped after God, but the Word was not open, full and clearly the God-that-became-flesh that was still to happen in the incarnation of Jesus Christ, God’s only Son. But the world did not know his saving grace. Nor did they know their need of him. People, by thinking and observing, were able to see something of God’s working. They knew the world was his. They could see that, in his sovereignty, God had power in the ordering of some of the historical movements that took place.
But it needed more for them to know the sufficiency of his grace, the manifestation of his kingdom and his conflict with and conquest over, the principalities and powers of evil. Only God’s full self- revelation when the Word took flesh would reveal him in his fullness. The dawn was about to break and a new world was about to be born.
Lord, help me to see you, to know you and to serve you.
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