Saturday, December 1, 2018 Begin the seasons of Advent and Christmas with a song of joy! Pray that the Spirit of Jesus awakens us to the promise of this season. Use the hymns below as a way to pray this month.
Sunday, December 2, 2018 “Of the Father’s love begotten, ere the worlds began to be” UMH 184 From everlasting to everlasting, God is with us. Praise God with every action and thought.
Monday, December 3, 2018 “Come, thou long-expected Jesus, born to set thy people free.” UMH 196 Give thanks for Christ’s coming and his coming again.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 “Prepare the way of the Lord…and all people will see the salvation of our God.” UMH 207 How can you help prepare the way for God to transform your heart, your church, your community?
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 “People, Look East. The time is near of the crowning of the year. Make your house fair as you are able…Love the guest is on the way.” UMH 202 Open our eyes to the infiltration of the Holy Spirit in the lives of all people and creatures.
Thursday, December 6, 2018 “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…” UMH 199 Give thanks for the “yes” of Mary. Her willing participation in the miracle of salvation is a model for our own submission to God’s loving enterprise.
Friday, December 7, 2018 “Send your Word, O Lord…We would all be lost in dark without your guiding Light.” UMH 195 When you feel like you are walking in darkness, pray for the Light of Jesus to shine.
Saturday, December 8, 2018 “Emmanuel…God with us, revealed in us…” UMH 204 Pray for the heart to reveal God’s faithful love to a world desperate for Good News.
Sunday, December 9, 2018 “The prophets spoke of mercy, of freedom and release; God shall fulfill the promise to bring our people peace.” UMH 209 Sometimes it seems like a long time before God answers, but there is always an answer. Pray for people who are suffering and crying out for release.
Monday, December 10, 2018 “For you are highly favored by God the Lord of all, who even now is with you. You are on earth most blest.” UMH 215 Look for divine encounters in your life; they are not so unusual when we are ready to respond to God’s work.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 “Redeemer, come, with us abide; our hearts to thee are open wide.” UMH 213 Pray for the many people in our community for whom the holidays are a time of pain and sorrow. Open you hearts to those in need.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 “Not by human flesh and blood; by the Spirit of our God was the Word of God made flesh, woman’s offspring, pure and fresh.” UMH 214 Praise God for Jesus!
Thursday, December 13, 2018 “Of Jesse’s lineage coming, as those of old have sung.” UMC 216 Is there someone you know who is waiting to be saved? Pray for them and speak the words of God to them.
Friday, December 14, 2018 “On prisoners of darkness the sun begins to rise…” UMH 209 Many children do not have their parents with them due to incarceration. Pray for them today.
Saturday, December 15, 2018 “Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death’s dark shadows put to flight…Rejoice.” UMH 211 Before even Christ is born in our hearts, God has made a way for us. Pray for yourself today and rejoice in knowing God loves you.
Sunday, December 16, 2018 “To show God’s love aright, she bore to us a Savior…” UMH 216 Imagine how Joseph and Mary must have felt at the responsibility God gave them. Offer your humble gifts to God and watch how they are used!
Monday, December 17, 2018 “The stars in the sky looked down where he lay…” UMH 217 Even the universe rejoiced at the coming Christ. Pray for the wisdom to see yourself as part of God’s unending creation.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 “The world in solemn stillness lay, to hear the angels sing.” UMH 218 Pray that the busyness of the season does not inoculate you to the mystery of this time.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 “This is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing…” UMH 219 Pray for the poor, the marginalized, and the stranger remembering the honor that was given to them at the birth of Jesus.
Thursday, December 20, 2018 “but his mother only, in her maiden bliss, worshiped the beloved with a kiss.” UMH 221 When you see a child, do you feel like you are looking at the face of God? Pray for all children everywhere.
Friday, December 21, 2018 “Why lies he in such mean estate, where ox and ass are feeding?” UMH 219 The poverty of Jesus is a reminder that for those with much, much is expected of them. Pray for a generous heart.
Saturday, December 22, 2018 “Marvel now, O heaven and earth, that the Lord chose such a birth.” UMH 214 God is the initiator of all that we know of God. And what we know is that God will do anything to draw us into our true home, the heart of God.
Sunday, December 23, 2018 “Come and Worship, come and worship, worship Christ the newborn King.” UMH 220 Gather with your church family today, singing joyfully of Jesus, anticipating Christmas day.
Monday, December 24, 2018 “Peace on earth, good will to all, from heaven’s all-gracious King.” UMH 218 Peace is God’s intent for God’s beloved creation. Pray for all efforts towards peace.
Tuesday, December 25, 2018 “What can I give him, poor as I am?…I give him my heart.” UMH 221 Bring the gift of your whole self, broken and bruised by the world, to the manger, and rejoice in the One who makes you whole.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 “Good Christian friends, rejoice with heart and soul and voice.” UMH 224 Now begins the celebration! Christ is in the world. Pray for opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Thursday, December 27, 2018 “He is born, the holy Child…” UMH 228 Pray for Christ to be born in your mind and heart.
Friday, December 28, 2018 “Jesus, our brother, strong and good…” UMH 227 Pray for all your brothers and sisters in Christ, and for the entire human family.
Saturday, December 29, 2018 “This child, now weak in infancy, our confidence and joy shall be, the power of satan breaking, our peace eternal making.” UMH 223 The work of Jesus Christ and Love will defeat the evil that entraps us. Pray for a heart where Christ will reign.
Sunday, December 30, 2018 “Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light…” UMH 230 Like Bethlehem, the cities of our world need our prayers. Pray for Kingsport and Blountville today.
Monday, December 31, 2018 “Go, tell it on the mountain…Jesus Christ is born.” UMH 251 Spend this last day of 2018 proclaiming the goodness of God in the past, in the present and in the future! Happy New Year 2019