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“She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”

 ‒ Matthew 1:23b

God with us? The same God who existed before time and holds the molecules together? That God? And it was. He came in the most vulnerable way to be the Way. The miracle of Jesus’ immaculate birth and humble beginnings pulls us all to our knees during the Christmas season.

I once asked my group of Awana children if they believed miracles still happen. Almost in one voice, they said, “No.” I turned to them, stunned. It was my great joy to tell them, “Yes, of course, miracles still happen!”

Think of the miracles you have witnessed or heard of. They have power. We are in awe of them. They defy our logical brains. We cannot fathom what He has done. He is the Miracle Worker.

Pray this season for more miracles. Not only healings and mercies and blessings, but the miracle of souls saved. The Bible tells us that angels rejoice when even one comes to know the Son. (Luke 15:10)

What person or people in your life would you consider a miracle if they came to know Jesus Christ? I know there are people in my life who I consider far from God. He alone knows their hearts and their stories.

If you have people like that in your life, write down their names and pray for them every day through the end of this year. Put their first names on an index card and tape it where you will see it each day as a reminder, or give that card to another person to join you in praying for their salvation.

John 3:16 (NIV) reads, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” That is why He gave us the miracle of the child in the manger: God with us. We love our Christmas festivities, but we love our Savior more. Let the miracles of this season be about souls saved and hearts mended. May each light on our trees remind us of a soul in need of a Savior.

Pray, too, that physical miracles would begin to happen in ways that none can deny. Ask God to use these miracles to change lives and entire communities. Let the power of His ways bring hearts to repentance and souls to His Kingdom.

He is the Miracle Worker, a babe wrapped with swaddling clothes, a Savior on a cross.

Related Scripture: Luke 1:77, Acts 4:12, Luke 2:8-14, Luke 19:37, John 5:36, Micah 7:15

Questions for Discussion

  1. When have you felt God’s presence when you needed it most?
  2. When have you taken time to praise God for a miracle you’ve experienced or seen?
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