Lord, I pray for all people who will receive bonus payments this December. Enable them to be grateful to you for them and guide them how to use them for their best long-term benefit. Grant us all wisdom in using money wisely and responsibly. I ask in Christ’s name – AMEN.
I pray today Lord, for all those people who will be travelling during this season. Help them to make proper plans in good time and to think of everything they need to do. Help them to enjoy their journey and to make it a Christmas to remember. I ask it in the name of Christ – AMEN.
I lift up to you today Lord, those students who are receiving the news that they have failed to make the pass mark in important exams. Help them to cope with their disappointment. Help their families to be strong for them and help them to move forward. I ask it in Jesus – AMEN.
“This (Jesus) was the real light – the light that comes into the world and shines on everyone”.
Jn 1:9 GNB
“Before Jesus came there were other lights that people followed. Some were flickers of the truth; some were faint glimpses of reality; some were will o’ the wisps which people followed. It is still the case. There are still partial lights; and there are still false lights; and people still follow them. Jesus is the only genuine light, the real light to guide people on their way. The coming of Jesus was like a blaze of light. It was like the coming of the dawn. A traveller tells how once in Italy he was standing on a hill overlooking the Bay of Naples. It was so pitch dark that nothing could be seen; then all of a sudden there came a flash of lightning and everything, in every detail, was suddenly lit up and illumined. When Jesus came into this world he came like a light in the dark.
His coming dissipated the shadows of doubt. Until he came people could only guess about God. ‘It is difficult to find out about God’ said one of the Greek thinkers ‘and when you have found out about him it is impossible to tell anyone else about him’. His coming also dissipated the shadows of despair. Seneca said ‘People are conscious of their helplessness in necessary things’. They were longing for a hand let down to lift them up. His coming also dissipated the darkness of death. Ancient people feared death. Many still do. But by his life and resurrection Jesus has opened a new hope for life beyond this one” (W. Barclay, The Gospel of John, p33-4).
Lord, be a true light for me all my days.
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