Give the Gift of Prayer This Year

Give the Gift of Prayer This YearBy Christine M Hammond

This year as finances have become tighter, I find myself less interested in all of the bargains, deals, extra shopping hours and countless searches on the internet. Rather it has become a time of self reflection onto the meaning of Christmas rather than the gift giving of Christmas. When I recall the best gifts I have received during the year, it is the rare moment when a friend tells me they have been praying for me without my prompting and without any knowledge of my present circumstances. Those moments are precious to me and I can remember every one of them with great clarity far better than I can remember the gifts I received from Christmas even just last year.
So this year, I'm going to give to my family and friends the gift of prayer. Not in a showy way or prideful manner that says "I'm more Christian than you", not in a gossipy or need to know the details of their life manner, but rather a simple personal email with the below prayer. This prayer was taken from the first chapter of Colossians and it was Paul's prayer for his fellow believers. While reading the passage, it occurred to me that many times I pray for circumstances rather than character, relief from stress rather than strength, and change rather than clarity. But no more, here is my prayer.
May God bless this season of your life through (Col. 1:8-12):
  • Thanksgiving for your faith
  • Knowing His will for your life
  • Gaining spiritual wisdom and understanding
  • Living to honor and please Him
  • Learning more knowledge of who God is
  • Increasing in strength for endurance & patience
  • Filling you with joy and thankfulness
Let me invite you to consider a similar prayer for your family and friends this year, perhaps in addition to or in replacement for a gift. Just imagine for a moment the change that could occur during your family visits if you prayed this prayer for each family member before gathering together. Maybe, just maybe, it might be the best Christmas yet.
Chris Hammond is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern at LifeWorks Group w/ over 15 years of experience as a counselor, mentor & teacher for children, teenagers & adults.Reprint Permission- If this article helps you, please share it with your own list at work or church, forward it to friends and family or post it on your own site or blog. Just leave it intact and do not alter it in any way. Any links must remain in the article. Please include the following paragraph in your reprint. Reprinted with permission from the LifeWorks Group weekly eNews, (Copyright, 2004-2011), To subscribe to this valuable counseling and coaching resource visit or call 407-647-7005 Article Source: Article Source:

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