Christmas Prayers – The Second Coming

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O SON OF GOD AND SON OF MAN,
Thou wast incarnate, didst suffer, rise, ascend
for my sake;
Thy departure was not a token of separation
but a pledge of return;
Thy Word, promises, sacraments, show thy death
until thou come again.
That day is no horror to me,
for thy death has redeemed me,
thy Spirit fills me,
thy love animates me,
thy Word governs me.
I have trusted thee and thou hast not betrayed
my trust;
waited for thee, and not waited in vain.
Thou wilt come to raise my body from the dust,
and re-unite it to my soul,
by a wonderful work of infinite power and love,
greater than that which bounds the oceans’ waters,
ebbs and flows the tides,
keeps the stars in their courses,
and gives life to all creatures.
This corruptible shall put on incorruption,
this mortal, immortality,
this natural body, a spiritual body,
this dishonoured body, a glorious body,
this weak body, a body of power.
I triumph now in thy promises as I shall do
in their performance,
for the head cannot live if the members are dead;
Beyond the grave is resurrection, judgment,
acquittal, dominion.
Every event and circumstance of my life will be
dealt with —
the sins of my youth, my secret sins,
the sins of abusing thee, of disobeying thy Word,
the sins of neglecting ministers’ admonitions,
the sins of violating my conscience —
all will be judged;
And after judgment, peace and rest, life and service,
employment and enjoyment, for thine elect.
O God, keep me in this faith,
and ever looking for Christ’s return.

As we celebrate Jesus’ first coming, we are reminded that we still await his second coming. We also are reminded that we cannot fully understand the significant of his birth unless we know the purpose of his life and death. He was born to die. He was born that we might have second birth. He came and we rejoice. He will come again and we wait with hope and anticipation. Reflect on these words:

Thou wast incarnate, didst suffer, rise, ascend
for my sake;
Thy departure was not a token of separation
but a pledge of return

Thoughts to Guide Your Prayers:

  • Thank God the Father for the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  • Rejoice in the fact that Jesus is coming again.
  • Cast your sorrows, disappointments, and requests before knowing that He is working out all things according tonHis plan.
  • Ask for a sense of urgency and expectation to livid in light of his promised second coming.

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