TWO days before Christmas, Christ Couture recommends…

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Spending time in prayer

In the book of Philippians in the Bible, it says in chapter four, verse six: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And then it goes on in verse seven to say: And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

People often say that Christianity is a relationship with God more than anything else, and if that is true I think that
Christians - including myself - often undervalue prayer and the role it plays in our everyday faith. My excuse is usually that I don't have time or that I'm too tired to 'stop and pray'. Feeble I know and, actually, if God is everywhere, and I believe He is, why do I have to put him in a little pocket of my life, only praying at specific times and places when
God is everywhere, at all times?

The lives we lead in this century are commonly very busy and it can be rare to get a moment to ourselves. With two days to go before what will probably be the busiest few days for so many people, I recommend that we set time aside for God
to pray and be still for a while. You may even discover a new way to pray, one which works for you and helps you to connect or reconnect with God. Personally, I like to sing and praise God during my prayer time as I'm not very good at keeping silent and motionless for long periods of time!
But if you don't know what to say or find it hard to start, I can recommend
a prayer
that was given to us in Matthew 6:5-13...

And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. This, then, is how you should pray:

'Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts,
as we have also forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.'

(This is a New International Version translation - NIV)

Whether or not you believe that Christmas is the correct time of year to be celebrating Jesus' birth, I'm sure all Christians can agree that Jesus' birth is worth celebrating so let's thank God for the gift He gave us and let our joy be infectious well
into the new year!

Two days before Christmas, Christ Couture recommends...
Spending time in prayer
Starting to exercise
Spending time with children
A glass of mulled wine
Getting a free photobook
Silver sparkly things
Red...lots of red!
Bible reading notes
Giving to charity
Date night for two
and Lycon Precision waxing

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