Saint Augustine, one of our early church fathers, who was a bishop of Hippo from 354 to 430 AD wrote this “Christmas Prayer”:
Let the just rejoice,
for their Justifier is born.
Let the sick and infirm rejoice,
For their Saviour is born.
Let the captives rejoice,
For their Redeemer is born.
Let slaves rejoice,
for their Master is born.
Let free ones rejoice,
For their Liberator is born.
Let all Christians rejoice,
For Jesus Christ is born.
You can hear echoes of scripture from this prayer.
Luke 2:13-14 NIV – 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Luke 2:20 NIV – The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Isaiah 61:1 NIV –
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
May our rejoicing in the Lord be contagious and may we “go” and proclaim the good news, for his saving, healing and freedom to be received by those in our cities and campuses.
Prayer: Father, we rejoice in you as we were the “poor”, “brokenhearted”, “captives” and “prisoners” that you came to seek and save. We ask that our hearts would be stirred to be in the prayers that you have for us so that many more lives can be brought into the rejoicing of this “good news.” In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Let’s be renewed in our calling to live in God’s favor to “go” as we sing this version of “Go Tell It on The Mountain” by King & Country (click here).