Praying the Gift of Jesus this Christmas

For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son

“Here it is, the most important gift in the entire world,” I told my kids as I tucked a neatly wrapped box underneath the Christmas tree. For 25 days my kids wondered and guessed what this gift could possibly be. With each passing day, anticipation mounted … until finally, it was time.

Almost knocking the Christmas tree over, they grabbed the box and tore open the wrapping paper. Inside the cardboard box was a baby doll.

“A doll!” yelled my son, not hiding his disappointment. But as I read from the Bible, he soon began to understand why this gift is so important.

“Then after her baby is born, name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” So the Lord’s promise came true, just as the prophet had said, “A virgin will have a baby boy, and he will be called Immanuel,” which means “God is with us.”

Matthew 1:21-23

On Christmas Day, we celebrate the truth that God sent his son, Jesus Christ, to be God with us. There is no greater gift than Jesus. No other gift can bring us peace when our hearts are sad, hope when life is hard, and love when we feel rejected.

Connecting to Jesus through the Bible

Through God’s Word we learn about Jesus and his unfailing love for us. We read stories about his amazing power to heal the sick and power to set people free. It is God’s Word that leads us to the gift of Jesus. It is the Bible that makes Jesus’s love a reality.

So, this Christmas, we want you to join us in praying this one simple prayer. Pray that every person will have an opportunity to connect to Jesus through the life-transforming words found in the Bible.

This powerful prayer can remove these barriers that prevent people from reading God’s Word:

Let’s Pray Together:

God, thank you for the precious gift of your Son, Jesus. This Christmas, we pray that all people will encounter Jesus through your Word. Where people don’t have a Bible, please help guide translation projects to make your Word available. Where people have a Bible, we pray for a renewed passion to read it.

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Nena Podbury
Nena Podbury

Nena Podbury is a Prayer Mobilization Associate at American Bible Society. Originally from the Bronx, she served in children’s ministry for 12 years doing Sidewalk Sunday School. Nena is married with two children, Noah and Emilia.

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