A prayer for December

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Dear Father, grant that I would be blown away by the gift of your son to me. Grant that this season of “gift-giving” would not blind the eyes of my heart from the one gift that matters.

If not for the gospel, all gifts would be nothing more than bribes and tokens of appeasement. If not for the gospel, there would be no selflessness. If not for the gospel, I would only give to get. If not for the gospel, I would obsess on I what I think I deserve and despair over what I do not have.

I pray that your Spirit would illumine the beauty of your word to my needy heart. In Christ, I truly have everything that I need. In Christ, I live in green pastures. In Christ, my soul is at rest. May I give this gift, this one true gift to those you have placed in my life, just as you have given it to me.

Dear Father, my you grant this request in the name of your Son through the power of your Spirit. Amen.

Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.