November 21, 2017

Celebrating Christ at Christmas: Card Intercession

Have you ever practiced Christmas Card Intercession?

It’s really quite a simple idea: pray for people as you write cards for them. Even if all you do is sign your name and address the envelope.

 

 

Because everyone needs prayer.

Maybe you don’t really know what’s going with that old friend or distant aunt — but God does. Maybe you haven’t heard from them since last year’s Christmas cards. But God sees them every day. He knows their joys and their sorrows. He hears their heart-cries.

So pray for them. Pray for their general spiritual welfare:

  • Pray that they would seek Him first, acknowledge Him in everything they do, and trust Him to direct their steps. Pray for diligence, courage, grace, and faithfulness.
  • If they have children, pray that God’s Word would be taught clearly and consistently. Pray that the kids would come to know Jesus Christ at an early age — and walk with Him throughout all their days.
  • Pray for their testimony among relatives and neighbors. Pray for unity within their family and like-mindedness with Christ. Pray that they would be passionate about sharing Christ with the world, through words and actions alike.
  • Pray that they would walk worthy of Christ, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. Pray that they would be joyful in hope, patient in tribulation, and constant in prayer.
  • Pray for anything specific you know is going on with them. Pray for blessings, for growth, for steadfastness in the truth.

Pray over your Christmas cards. As you write and send yours out, pray over them. As you address envelopes, pray that the cards [and prayers] would minister to the recipients. As you drop them in the mailbox, pray that God would work and bless each family.

And as you receive Christmas cards, pray for the people who sent them. Clearly, they think enough of your friendship to say hi once a year. The least – and perhaps the most – we can do in return is to pray for them.

Sadly, we too often neglect the ministry of praying for others.

And friends and family miss out on blessings, perhaps, because we fail to bring their needs before the throne of God. Not saying that God needs us in order to do His will, but often He uses us to do things He otherwise would not. He uses our prayers to send blessings and work mightily in people’s lives.

So will you practice Christmas Card intercession with me this year?
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First of all, then, I urge that
supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings
be made for all people.
1 Timothy 2:1

 

QUESTION for YOU: Do you pray over the cards you send & receive? How could you start incorporating intercession into your regular Christmas card traditions?

 

Other Posts in this Series:
Observing Advent
Hymns for Advent: Anticipation
Spiritual Wish Lists

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Very practical idea. And timely. My cards are on this week’s to-do list.=)

  2. Such a good reminder/idea, Elizabeth. Thank you. In the craziness of kids and stuff, I tend to just get caught up in getting it checked off my list when it comes to cards… 🙂

  3. Loved the idea! I’ll apply it when I am wrapping presents 🙂

  4. I think this is a great idea and something I’ve done in the past, but not this year. Thanks for the reminder. We’ve also tried to pray for gift-givers when we’ve opened their gifts, but it’s so easy to get caught up in the moment and forget these most important things. Have a blessed holiday.

  5. maryreedpa says:

    Oh, this is such a wonderful idea! We have a Christmas card exchange at church, and I usually write out over two hundred cards. What a privilege to pray for each person/family! Why didn’t I ever think of that?! (Also love the idea of praying as you wrap!)
    Blessings to you ~ Mary

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  6. Yes, it can be difficult in the midst of all the crazyness. But certainly worth trying! Thanks – and have a merry Christmas!

  7. This is SUCH a fantastic idea! I honestly never would of thought of it otherwise. I am SO happy I read this post!!! I am going to tweet it out so others can read it!! 🙂

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