Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 087 | Wed 22 Dec 2010
By Elizabeth Kendal
CHRISTMAS: NOT BY MIGHT
Interposed as the smallest of beings (an infant);
he was born in a most humble abode (a stable);
laid in a most unbecoming crib (an animal's feed trough);
in a most insignificant little town (Bethlehem);
observed by the meekest of witnesses (shepherds).
Yet Jesus Christ was heralded by angels (a glorious host of them),
visited by wise men (from afar),
and his presence truly terrified the king (Herod).
Truths stand in tension:
He is Servant, yet he is Sovereign;
He is humble, yet he is holy;
The Lamb of God is the Lion of Judah.
It should come as no surprise therefore,
that prayer and promise,
not power and politics;
divine covenant and compassion,
not human conspiracy and connivance;
'returning and rest . . . in quietness and in trust' (Isaiah 30:15),
not arrogant independence and fearful travail,
are God's appointed means for deliverance.
When we contemplate the meekness of the infant Christ-child this Christmas,
may we who know the awesomeness of what Jesus Christ achieved (2 Timothy 1:10),
and the sovereign majesty which he attained (Philippians 2:9-11; 1 Peter 3:22),
find our faith enlightened, encouraged, emboldened.
For truly, it is not by might, nor by power, but by the Spirit of the LORD (Zechariah 4:6b)
that we shall see deliverance.
By faith . . . by faith . . . by faith . . . by faith . . . (Hebrews 11).
The Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin ministry hopes this short devotion will serve to enlarge the faith of intercessors this Christmas. For genuine intercession -- i.e. advocacy in the courts of Heaven before the Highest Authority in the universe -- is first and foremost an act of radical faith. For the sake of the Body of Christ, may our faith be enlarged that our prayers might be also.