Prayer Guide | December 7

“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole empire should be registered. This first registration took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So everyone went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family line of David, to be registered along with Mary, who was engaged to him and was pregnant. While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. Then she gave birth to her firstborn Son, and she wrapped Him snugly in cloth and laid Him in a feeding trough—because there was no room for them at the lodging place” Luke 2:1-7

Jesus was born in a stable because there was no room in the inn. God could have chosen any place for the birth of His Son, our King, yet He chose a cold, dirty stable. Did He choose the stable as a way of reminding us that Jesus is the sacrifical Lamb? Or to show us again that He has a place for all of us, whether born in a stable or a castle? Perhaps it was meant as a reflection of a world that would have little room for Him.

As we go through our busy days which seem to go into overdrive during the Christmas season, let’s make sure we’re always keeping room for Jesus in our lives. Take a minute a read through these verses again and think about how much more than just the story of Jesus’ birth is being told here.

Thousands of people will be coming into First Baptist Jackson for Carols this weekend, and a few thousand more will watch online. Pray for the guests who haven’t accepted Jesus and that they will find a place for Him in their heart. Pray for those who have invited non-believers and that they can use Carols as a starting point of conversation with their families and friends. Pray that the Lord will be glorified through all we do this weekend.

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