On the Journey
By Rick Hamlin

5 Short Prayers for Christmas

Last night as we were caroling in the neighborhood, I was thinking about how many of the songs we sing at Christmas are also prayers

It’s such a busy time of year, it’s easy enough to forget your daily prayers. Hey, you’re off the hook. You can sing a carol and find yourself praying. Here’s my top five prayers for the holidays.

Come, thou long expected Jesus,
Born to set your people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in thee.
—Charles Wesley

Purify my conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in me a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
—Book of Common Prayer

“Glory to God in the highest and peace, good will toward men.”
—Luke 2:14

Joy to the world! The Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare him room,
And heaven and nature sing.
—Isaac Watts

What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a wise man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give him—give my heart.
—Christina Rossetti

Rick Hamlin is the executive editor of Guideposts magazine and the author of 10 Prayers You Can't Live Without. To learn more about the book and explore your own prayer journey, watch this video.

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Oh Holy Night is my favorite Carol. So I can sing that when I feel a need to pray. I think that's good.

Hey!!! I just sung the first prayer "Come, thou long expected Jesus." The church I go to has a choir one time a year only, just for the Sunday Christmas service and for the Christmas Eve service. That song was one of the songs we learned and sang. Thank you for reminding me of this wonderful song again!!!

A prayer was answered about my husbands job

Thank you,

Love the Christina Rossetti quote! I pray this often, especially at Christmas