The Fourth Prayer of Christmas

Dear Jesus,

On this, the fourth day of Christmas, we adore You for all the blessings that Your life has brought us. Lord, we adore You for the compassion that You showed in Your life. We thank You for the love that You showed to the disciples. We thank You for the love You showed the woman at the well. We thank You for the love that You showed even to those who crucified You, when You cried "Father, forgive them. They do not know what they are doing." Thank You, Jesus, for the love and grace that You show to each and every one of us each and every day.

Lord, we confess that we have fallen short of the standard that You have set for us. Lord, we confess that You are the standard by which we should live--that our lives should reflect Your own life in the love and grace that You have shown. Lord, we confess that many times we read about Your life in the Gospels and fail to go and do likewise. We have failed to follow Your teaching. We have failed to follow Your example. For this, Lord, forgive us.

Thank You Jesus, for the example that You have set for us. Thank You for Your teaching that is laid out in the works of the evangelists--Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Thank You for the record that they have handed us. Thank You for the great teachers who have expounded Your words. Thank You especially for the life transformation that comes as we heed Your words and build upon You, the Solid Rock and Cornerstone.

Jesus, as we conclude this prayer, we remember those who do not take Your teaching and Your life seriously. Lord, work in their hearts and minds to bring them into submission to You. Continue also to work in our own lives. Continue to allow Your instruction to teach us, lead us, guide us, and direct us. Without You and Your teaching, Lord, we would be hopelessly and utterly lost. Help us understand this and honor You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

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