“Dear Heavenly Father,
It is that time of year again…the time of celebration for the birth of your dear Son, Jesus. This time should about reflection of your goodness and happiness that Christ was born.
I have been swept up by the busyness and chaos that comes with this season in the past. I have lost my focus and spent too much, ate too much and regretted it all when I got the bills and stepped on the scale.
Lord, this kind of greed goes unnoticed because it is a traditional “bad habit” that many people indulge in. But, I am not just a person. I am a child of God that has the power of the Holy Spirit residing in my body. I will take hold of this truth and exercise it this year.
I am dedicating my heart to you, Lord. This season is just starting and I do not want to get swept away this time. I will not give into any unnecessary stress. I will not waste this sacred time of year on indulgent, needless and harmful over-spending and over-eating. I want to really give God the glory and keep Jesus as my focus.
Help me to remember the hurting ones, the hungry ones and the people who are not as fortunate as I am. Instead of focusing on my wants, help me to have a generous heart towards other’s needs. Give me a spirit to give with a joyful heart and help me to keep it in balance and to not overextend myself in any way. I will give out of the abundance of what I have. I will not go into debt or undue stress accepting responsibilities that are not mine to take.
In the name of Jesus I bind the demonic powers of guilt, greed, over-consumption, fear of lack, over-indulgence, stress, neediness and depression to the spirit of balak.
I ask that the Lord open my heart to receiving the love of Christ and to really grasping the gift His death gave to the world, and to me as an individual. As I keep that treasure close to my heart, let my thankfulness for what Christ did be felt in my love towards others. Give me a heart like Jesus this season. Give me a love that will grow like a rampant fire throughout the year. Let this fire consume the very parts of me that have stopped me from becoming the beautiful loving and giving person that I was meant to be. I will have the Shalom that Christ died to give me and I will pass it onto every person that my life can touch. In Jesus’ precious name, it is all about Jesus, and I will remember that during this Christmas Season, Amen.”
Author: Julia Shalom Jordan