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Christmas: "not by might"

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.

CHRISTMAS: NOT BY MIGHT
— encouragement for intercessors
By Elizabeth Kendal

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 a-far),
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).

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Elizabeth Kendal is an international religious liberty analyst and advocate. This prayer bulletin was initially written for the Australian Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Commission

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