The holiday season is a time for families to gather to share a meal, exchange gifts, and reflect on how blessed we are to live in a country with such freedom and abundance. We have much to be thankful for. However, we are all aware of problems facing our country: the breakdown of the family, increasing numbers of homeless people, rampant addictions, hopelessness, mass shootings,suicide, division at all levels of our government, and on and on.Our government has no solution to these problems, but there is a solution. The solution/answer is Jesus. The one thing we need most in our country is revival; to turn back to God, prayer, the Bible,
and living in obedience to God’s rules.

Jesus warned us about what we see happening in our country when he talked about signs of the end times in Matthew 24: 12, “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” We see so much hatred and division instead of the love and unity that God expects from his people. The only way to change hate to love and division to unity is one person at a time by the grace of God through faith in Jesus. And prayer is the catalyst for that change.

In a recent sermon we talked about prayers that we know God hears and answers. In 1 John 5: 14ff we read that if we ask anything according to God’s will that we have what we ask of him. The Apostle Peter tells us in 2 Peter 3: 9b, “He (God) is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” In other words, God does not want anyone to die in their sins; he wants everyone to come to him through faith in Jesus and find salvation and eternal life. If we pray for the salvation of a specific person God will answer that prayer because it is something he wants; we are praying according to God’s will and will have what we ask of him. So we must pray.

As believers, we have the ability to give the perfect gift this holiday season; the gift that everyone needs most. That gift is Jesus. Choose someone who needs salvation or who needs to return to God and pray for them each day from now until Christmas. Be alert and ready to share the gospel with them because God may give you an opportunity. Then, invite them to attend our Christmas Eve
service where they will have an opportunity to pray a prayer inviting Jesus into their life.

The words of the Andra’e Crouch song are so true: “Jesus is the answer for the world today. Above him there’s no other. Jesus is the Way.” When we believe and receive Jesus the promise of Philippians 4: 19 is ours: “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Give someone the greatest gift the world has ever known; the gift that will meet all their needs. Pray Jesus into someone’s life and, for them, this will be the best Christmas ever.