Father, the day Jesus was born, the day He arrived on earth as both God and man, is pictured in our minds as a peaceful time of great joy. But in the heavens, a battle was being waged, and that battle continues today.
Thank You that Jesus lived a perfect life, and that he took on the enormity of all our sin that we might love You and serve Your church.
Thank You that He rose again, victorious over sin and death, and that in Him we have the hope of glory set before us. We pray for the Christians of Bethlehem, giving thanks for their faithfulness in the midst of hardship and praying for Your protection and peace to fill them that they might be bold witnesses.
And along with Grace, we pray that God would move “strongly and mightily among the minority of Christians who are still here, who are waiting for hatred to be banished, for earth to blossom, for war to be buried, and … for love to grow.”
In the name of Jesus through whom we have “eternal joy and peace,”
Read more HERE about Christmas in Bethlehem.