Our family loves Sovereign Grace’s Christmas album, Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus in Song. The featured song on the album, “Prepare Him Room” captures the tension of the Christmas season for so many people, myself included. It is a tension of longing for more of Christ but having that longing crowded out by the busyness of the season.
Listen to the third verse:
Oh, our hearts, as busy as Bethlehem
Hear Him knock, don’t say there’s no room in the inn
Through the cradle, cross, and grave
See the love of God displayed
Now He’s risen and He reigns
Praise the Name above all names!
And then the chorus:
Prepare Him room
Prepare Him room
Let the King of glory enter in
Have you prepared Him room? Is your heart as busy as Bethlehem on the night of our Savior’s birth? I have been guilty of crowding Him out in my busyness and even my anxiousness. What is the remedy? How do you prepare Him room? This answer may seem simplistic, but here it is: you must cultivate a rhythm of time in the word and time in prayer. These two disciplines are truly indispensable for the Christian life. If you already have this rhythm in your life, focus your time in the Word and prayer more intentionally on the Incarnation this Christmas. If you do not have this rhythm, let this Christmas season be an opportunity to start anew.
Christmas Prayers – Pray With Me
In light of this, I will be posting various Christmas prayers and reflections over the next four Sundays. These posts flow out of a desire to cultivate a deeper commitment to the Word and prayer in my own life and a desire to cultivate this in the lives of others.
If you haven’t committed to an Advent reading plan or devotional, consider checking out some these great resources (click HERE). This morning; however, take a moment to reflect on these two passages of Scripture:
But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
Think about Him: The son of David, Son of the Most High God, Immanuel, God with us…Jesus. He came to save us from our sins. He came to establish His reign in the hearts of those who would believe in Him. Jesus is truly our Savior King!
Thoughts to Guide Your Prayers
- Thank God for his faithfulness in sending Jesus as our Savior King.
- Confess your busyness and distraction that has crowded out room for Christ in your heart this season.
- Rejoice that Jesus is the once-for-all savior from our sins.
- Ask that God would help you make room for his rule and reign to be fully carried out in your life.
- Praise God that He is Immanuel, God with us.
- Pray for another person whom the Lord would allow you to encourage this Christmas season by pointing them to Christ.
In addition to these passages of Scripture, consider reading and praying over the following prayers from Valley of Vision. We will highlight these prayers over the following three Sundays.