3 Special Prayers for Joy and Peace During the Holidays

BY: - 23 Nov '17 | Faith

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Happy Holidays! This joyous seasonal phrase will be heard in living rooms, grocery stores, and churches all throughout the country for a little more than a month. For many people, this is truly the best time of the year. But it doesn’t come without trouble.

For one reason or another, there are people who find spending time with family burdensome. But, while the potential for social mishaps exist during this time of year, the opportunity to have a joyful and peaceful reunion with loved ones is within their reach.  The following three prayers might be a good place to begin if you want to have a joyful and peaceful holiday season.

Overwhelming Gratitude

Nothing gets you in a joyful frame of mind like giving thanks. Read all of Psalm 23, but here are the first four verses. To start out this Christmas season right, say a prayer of gratitude to the One who makes joy and peace possible.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:1-4

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Thank you for being an awesome God. Thank your for providing all of my needs. I know that without you I am nothing. Everything that I am and I have is from you. I am grateful that my heart and mind can be at peace because You are always with me. You are my sustenance and my strength. Your love guides me into righteousness and I am grateful for everything that we have been through together. Because of You, I am never alone. Thank you for a new day and every new moment that I live. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Joy in Serving

There’s a saying that it is better to give than to receive. Usually, this infers that one person has given something tangible to another. In return, they receive something intangible. If you are truly looking for joy this holiday season, give, serve, encourage someone else first.

“The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.” Proverbs 22:9

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Thank You for the opportunity to serve those who are in need. I have been blessed in so many ways and pray to be a blessing to others. Help me to keep my eyes and heart open to the needs around me. Help me to be generous, regardless of how much or how little I have. Thank you for the joy I feel when I know someone’s life has been changed from my service. I pray to continue to be obedient to your call to love others and that I will never lose sight of what’s most important. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Everlasting Peace

While the holidays can be thrilling, many people dread the potential disagreements and arguments that result from unwanted or unwise conversations. Often times, things can become tense when you are around family members you haven’t seen in a while or who you just don’t like. If you desire peace during the holidays, then it’s important to learn how to be a peacemaker.

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“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Thank You for the opportunity to look beyond my own desires during this holiday season. I know that peace comes from setting aside my own selfishness and being grateful for what I have, serving those with less, and considering others before myself. Even though it’s tough, I want to be a peacemaker. Help me to quickly resolve conflict by practicing humility. Help me to not be mindful of my words and actions. Help me to be thoughtful in every situation and to behave in a way that brings honor and glory to Your name. Thank you for the peace that passes all understanding and that only comes from You. In Jesus name, Amen.

As you continue to enjoy your holiday season, it is my hope that you are blessed by these prayers and as a result are able to bless others. Joy and peace are not impossible during the holidays. Even with all the hustle and bustle, take some time to pray and allow God to give you the joy and peace you desire.

BMWK, have you prayed for joy and peace today?

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Joann Fisher wrote 127 articles on this blog.

Joann Fisher has been a writer and editor for both print and online newpapers and magazines for the last 10 years. She now serves as a Writer/Editor at BMWK and lead Editor for The Joy Network.

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Why Do So Many Christian Couples Fail at Marriage?

BY: - 5 Dec '17 | Faith

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Dear Dr. Buckingham,

I have been reading your articles for some time now and I notice that you often talk about God and often encourage people to pray. My husband and I have been married for 12 years, but we are having problems because we do not operate as one or put each other first. Also, family members and friends are constantly in our business.

We are faithful church members and do what is expected of us. However, despite all of the praying and worshipping, our marriage is on the rocks. I struggle to understand how we have so much conflict considering that we are committed Christians. In your opinion, “Why Do So Many Christian Couples Fail At Marriage?” Please advise.

Godly Wife

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Dear Godly Wife,

Thanks for reading my articles and for asking such an important question. In my opinion, many Christian couples fail at marriage because individuals forget that when they got married, they entered into a covenant relationship with God. Unfortunately, as time passes, individuals focus less on their spouse, more on themselves, and allow others to enter into their marital space.

The legal marital agreement that you made with your husband is a man made contract that is difficult to uphold during tough times. On the other hand, the covenant or agreement that you and your husband made before God should be easier to uphold during tough times because He is always faithful to His Word.

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Your marriage covenant is based on your agreement and commitment to operate as one in togetherness. Gen 2:24 states, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh”. This means that you and your husband become one and should always strive to work in harmony. Also, Matthew 19:6 states, “What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”

You and your husband should have a Bonnie and Clyde mentality, “Us Against the World.” This does not mean that others cannot contribute to your marriage, but be leery of anyone who tries to create separation within your household.

Divorce lurks when Christian couples lose understanding of what it means to join together in agreement where no man can separate them. God has already provided the template for your marital success, but many couples allow family members and others to cause separation within their marriage, thus destroying the essence of what it means to become “one flesh.”

Remember that your covenant to your husband is bigger than you and your commitment to the church. Both you and your husband agreed to become one flesh and to let no man separate you. The success of your marriage does not depend solely on you and your husband, but on the promises of God.

As you work to save your marriage, please keep in mind that marriage is not a contractual agreement; it is a covenant between you and your husband that can withstand the test of time because it was based on God’s word. Given this, I highly recommend that you and your husband take some time to read and meditate on Gen 2:24 and Matthew 19:6. When the Word of God is absent in marriage, so is the absence of life long commitment.

Best regards,

Dr. Buckingham

If you have questions for Dr. Dwayne Buckingham regarding relationships (married, single, etc), parenting, or personal growth and development, please send an email to askdrbuckingham@gmail.com

Disclaimer: The ideas, opinions and recommendations contained in this post are not intended as a substitute for seeking professional counseling or guidance. Any concerns or questions that you have about relationships or any other source of potential distress should be discussed with a professional, in person. The author is not liable or responsible for any personal or relational distress, loss or damage allegedly arising from any information or recommendations in this post.

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Dwayne Buckingham wrote 194 articles on this blog.

Dr. Dwayne L. Buckingham, author of Qualified, yet Single: Why Good Men Remain Single and Unconditional Love: What Every Woman and Man Desires in a Relationship, is a highly acclaimed international clinical psychotherapist, life coach, relationship and resiliency expert, motivational speaker and corporate consultant. He is also the President and Chief Executive Officer of R.E.A.L. Horizons Consulting Service, located in Silver Spring, Maryland. To learn more about Dr. Dwayne L. Buckingham visit his website at www.DrBuckingham.com.

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