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A Prayer to Emmanuel

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Lord Jesus,

Thank you for being Emmanuel,
"God with us."
(Click here for "A Christmas Prayer for you.")

There's no reason that You should want to be with us,
to be our God
or offer forgiveness,
much less become human like us.

What a degradation
for the Creator to become the created.
Why did you do it?

Here's why:

"For God so loved the world
that He gave His one and only Son,
that whoever believes in Him
should not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)

Love.

What a wonderful reason to take human form,
and what a compelling reason for us to trust you!
It's a wonder we don't comprehend "God with us" more often.
(Click here to read "9 Prayers for Christmas hope.")

You loved us.
You and God the Father and God the Spirit.

You created our world.
You placed us in it.
You came to us because we couldn't be good enough on our own.
Then you died and paid our debt.
Then to rose again to give us power to live in a fallen world…

When your kids rebel

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Did you know that God had rebellious children?

In Isaiah 1:1-4, God talks about the children that didn't "turn out," even though they "knew better."

For the Lord has spoken:
"I reared children and brought them up, they have rebelled against me... Ah, sinful nation, a people loaded with guilt, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the Lord; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him."


Does that make you feel any better? Even God experienced this problem.

So if (and when) your kids rebel, go to God in prayer.
He understands.
His kids rebel all the time,
and He's even a perfect parent.
It feels personal if our kids forsake our faith
or our wisdom or our friendship.
But God understands.
We've all done it to Him.

And He sticks.
He's always there.
Don't give up!

Here's a little prayer for rebellious children--

Lord God and Heavenly Father,

I praise you for your patience and grace t…

Discouragement, abandonment, & faith

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I read Psalm 5 & Psalm 13 this morning. They are prayers of lament and praise.
David feels forgotten and assaulted, so he shares his discouragement, despair, fear, abandonment, and call for justice in his communication with God. He praises God for who He is and believes that God will make all things right in His own way.
I am convicted.
I turned these two Psalms into the following prayer:

Lord God,

How long will you forget me?
Forever?
Do you remember that I'm wrestling with my emotions and thoughts
all the time
and I can't get clarity
on who you are or what you're doing in my life?

I feel abandoned and forgotten.
Weak.
Misunderstood and assaulted.
I'm trying to serve you,
and always,
someone or something is coming for me--
disappointing me,
hurting me,
rejecting me,
discrediting me.
Sometimes it's my own thoughts and faithlessness.
Many times, I believe it is the enemy.

Friends become foes.
They secretly enjoy my misfortune.
They talk about me to other people.
Thi…