Read the passage through twice slowly noting the words and phrases that stand out to you. Pray the scripture considering these elements:
“Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.” Luke 2:10
Confession: Confess your fears to God. What is causing you to feel afraid? Where in your life do you need God’s perfect peace to be poured upon you?
“For there is born to you this day in in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11
Thanksgiving: Thank God for the gift of His Son and the salvation that comes through Him. Thank God for the blessings in your life. Thank God for the work He is doing in your life now.
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
Praise: Praise God not for His good works but for who He is.
“Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.” Luke 2:17-18
Supplication: Ask God to show you the work He has called you to do for this moment in time. Who is He calling you to befriend? Who is He calling you to serve? Where has He placed you to work for His glory?
“But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:19
Reflection: Pray for wisdom. Ask God to remind you of the hope and security that comes through Jesus in a new way this Christmas season.