Ian Cole, founder of the World Prayer Centre shares about sharing the glory of God this Christmas.
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)
When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and sacrifices, and the Glory of the Lord filled the temple. (2 Chronicles 7:1)
An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the Glory of the Lord shone around them. (Luke 2:8)
We are in the time of Advent preparing to celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus, the Messiah, the Saviour of the world, the light of the world. The one whose birth was announced by a great company of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace on whom His favour rests”.
During our recent Commonwealth prayer call, prayer leaders from several nations were asked how Christmas was celebrated in their nation. Without exception all said the main celebration was around singing carols. Even in places of persecution it was possible to go into public places and sing the Christmas story.
This year across our nations, thousands will go out of churches into public spaces and sing “Hark the herald angels sing, Glory to the new born king”. In our team prayers, we prayed that as these events take place, the manifest presence, ‘The glory of God’ would shine around all who take part whether they can sing well or just make a joyful noise unto the Lord!
We pray that something of the Glory of the Lord will be upon you and your loved ones and that through us all in this wonderful season, whether we are experiencing good times or challenging times, that glory – His presence, will flow out of us, changing us, changing those we love and transforming our communities.
Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, we pray that you will come to know more about Jesus the Saviour, the Prince of Peace, the one the angels sang about. Take a moment this Christmas season to talk to Him.