THE COLUMNS – DECEMBER

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One of the simplest forms of prayer involves nothing more than listening. For some reason we seem to think that prayer is all about talking…our words being spoken to God in private, in small groups, and in the larger worship community. There are times that God brings so much to us, by way of messengers and friends and even scripture, that we forget there is another way to respond. Even when we receive prayer requests that seem urgent in the moment, we sometimes need time to process things. I love the words in scripture when Jesus has just been born, and we see a glimpse of the holy mother Mary needing such a moment in Luke 2:

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.

I hope this Christmas season, in the hustle and bustle of the holiday, that you find joy in making moments of your own to simply ponder and treasure the Gift of God Himself.

TOP TEN PRAYER REQUESTS FOR DECEMBER 2015
1. Spiritual awakening in our nation and conversions to Christ throughout the world
2. Healing from infectious illnesses and prevention of flu
3. Cure for cancer
4. For friends and families who have lost loved ones
5. For prosperity and success at work; stable economy
6. Godly wisdom and guidance in decision-making
7. Strength and energy for parents
8. For the spirit of Christmas to invade our hearts and be lived out in our lives
9. Safe travel during the holidays
10. For a ministry of reconciliation to be at work in our families.