Day 19: A Christmas prayer guide

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On Christmas, we celebrate Christ's birth, but also hold a vigil for His return.

In this final week of Advent, pray with us for the world and in remembrance of God's promise that He has come and is coming again.

Today's prayer guide leads us into Christmas.

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(Photo: Children in Ethiopia hold candles during a candlelight vigil. 2009 Jon Warren/World Vision)

 

When I was young, I loved cartoons. My mom would reluctantly allow me to sit in front of the television for hours after school, delaying homework, to enjoy just one more of my favorites.

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    Day 1: Pray together this Advent

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    As we count down to Christmas this Advent season, join us on Pinterest for daily images and prayers for you to pray with your kids for the world!

    Find the Pin for Day 1 below.

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    Advent is a season of waiting and preparation for the coming of Jesus on Christmas Day.

    What better way to wait and prepare than spending time in prayer?

    More than just being in prayer this season, I want to encourage you to spend that prayer time with your families – with your kids. When I was growing up, my family prayed, but looking back I remember those prayers being mostly about myself: my own little world. It wasn't until much later that my heart opened up to the needs of the bigger world.

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      The Hole in Our Gospel, five years later

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      Today, Rich Stearns – president of World Vision U.S. – releases a special edition of his book The Hole in Our Gospel, marking five years since its original publication.

      Read an excerpt sharing how the fight against global poverty has changed over the past five years, and what our call is today and for the future.

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      Five years after the first publication of The Hole in Our Gospel, there is no doubt that for millions of people in poverty, the world is a better place.

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        Day 21: Share faith

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        Today, rejoice with us about the work God is doing through a small church in Wyoming. Read about their “Coins for the Kingdom” ministry that has already raised money for a wide variety of Gift Catalog items!

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        Today’s challenge: Invite someone to attend church with you tomorrow.

         

        “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” —Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

         

        Coins for the Kingdom

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          Day 18: Share encouragement

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          Today’s blog post is a daily devotional from World Vision U.S. president Rich Stearns’s new book, He Walks Among Us: “Every one of us can be a hero of the faith when we are willing to be used.”

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          Today’s challenge: Share this "you are my hero" image with a friend. Download it here, then share it on Facebook and tag your friend in the photo. And remember to tell them why they are a hero to you!

           

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            Day 5: Share a verse

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            As we enter the Christmas season, let’s take a moment to remember where all of our traditions began, and to share the joy of that story with the people around us.

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            Today’s challenge: Share Matthew 19:14 with a friend and on your personal social media – post it to your Facebook wall, Tweet it, etc.

             

            “Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’” –Matthew 19:14

             

            My favorite Bible verse

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              Why did you bring me here, Lord?

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              An aid worker's diary: today, Mikhaela De Leon -- media engagement officer for World Vision Philippines -- reflects on her experience of Typhoon Haiyan and why God brought her to Tacloban on that day.

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              I shouldn't have been there. Over and over I asked God in prayer, "Why did you bring me here to Tacloban, Lord?" It didn't make sense.

              I was safe in Manila. I had no family in Leyte, couldn't speak the dialect, didn't know the place. It was my first time there, and it had to be at a time like this. Was it a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time?

              But I am reminded: God's timing is perfect. God's will is always right. I surrendered myself to God's bidding, trusting fully that if he sent me to it, he would deliver me from it.

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                God is at work

                World Vision U.S. president Rich Stearns and his wife, Reneé, released two new books last week! He Walks Among Us: Encounters With Christ in a Broken World is a book of devotionals, and God’s Love For You is a Bible storybook for kids.

                Today, Rich describes the journey of writing these books and his encounters with God during his travels all around the world with Reneé and World Vision.

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                  Indoor plumbing -- a devotional

                  Today, World Vision U.S. president Rich Stearns and his wife, Reneé, are releasing two new books! He Walks Among Us: Encounters With Christ in a Broken World is a book of devotionals, and God's Love For You is a Bible storybook for kids.

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                    East of Eden

                    Today is World Vision's annual Day of Prayer. To mark the beginning of our new fiscal year, staff members all across the globe gather together to spend the day in prayer and fellowship.

                    For today's post, World Vision writer Kari Costanza reflects on the need for prayer around the world. Join us.

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