December 2020 Prayer

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Lord God, thank You for this new month. Thank You Lord that You are bringing to a close this wild, crazy, tumultuous and humbling year that is 2020!

Lord God, thank You that although to most of us this was a really hard and difficult year, we know that Your Greatness and Your Goodness prevailed. Lord God, for those who have lost loved ones this year, I ask that You comfort and strengthen them. Lord God, thank You for new life for those who experienced the birth of a child, grandchild, niece, nephew.

Lord God, thank You for the children who were adopted and placed into loving foster care families. Lord God, may we be reminded that new life, physical and spiritual is occurring all the time. Open our eyes to see Your beauty in the midst of the flames, rubble and ashes.

Lord God, help us to end 2020 well. Lord, thank You for using 2020 as a means to show us the things to come. Lord God, prepare us for the growing hostilities, persecutions and costliness of being Jesus followers in 2021 and beyond.

Lord God, prepare our hearts for Christmas. While everyday is Christmas, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost and Thanksgiving may we be even more mindful and in awe that with the arrival of Christ, man could look in the face of Holy God and live. May we never forget that to those under the Law, seeing God meant fear and death. May we fear You Lord, not out of a sense of doom, gloom and punishment but fear You out of respect, love, devotion, worship. Lord God, fearing You is the beginning of both wisdom and worship. May we worship You even in the midst of our trials, struggles and hardships.

Lord God, again, prepare us for this new year by helping us end 2020 well. Lord God, thank You that we will be better equipped to handle and respond to changes because of what we have went through in 2020. Prepare us to endure!

Lord God, thank You that Your church is a Body. Thank You that we do not have to go to the Church Building to be purified, we are purified, made clean by Your Spirit in person not in place. Lord God, may we be reminded that what You long for is not sacrifice but a pure, humble, obedient and repentant heart.

Lord God, reveal to us our hidden and habitual sins. Lord God, may You use this new month to help us reflect on 2020 holistically. May we seek to grow in You this month asking You to prepare us for 2021. Lord God, no geopolitical agenda will change hearts. Only You, our Triune God changes hearts, minds and behaviors. Lord God, may we be reminded that good theology moves from the head, to the heart to the hand. May we think on You, be stirred in our hearts to action with our hands.

Lord God, prepare us to stand for You. Thank You that absolute truth exists. Thank You that Truth, Peace and Justice is a Person and His Name is Jesus. Thank You Jesus that when You administer Your Judgment that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. Lord God, may hearts be turned to Christ while there is still time!

Lord God, thank You for this reader! Thank You that You hear and answer prayers. Lord God, speak to this reader through Your Word making clear to them whatever it is they are seeking. Lord God, prepare us and grow us to be an even more devoted and faithful pray-ers. Lord God, no government, no think police can stop the silent prayers offered by Your faithful people. May this encourage us and motivate us to pray with power, boldness and perseverance!

Lord God, for those who are discontented in their prayer life, I say, “good!” Anyone Lord who is content in their prayer life and in their time spent with You is probably not in the best spiritual condition. You have given us a heart that longs and desires You. Lord God, may this holy dissatisfaction continue to drive us to You! May we desire to grow and become like You as well as interceding for others.

Lord God, once again, prepare us for this new month, prepare us to celebrate Christmas and prepare us for what we will face in 2021. Thank You Lord that over this past year You have impressed on me what truly matters most: faith, hope and love and the greatest of these is love. I love You Lord and I love you reader. In Jesus’s Awesome and Mighty Name I pray. Amen.

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My name is Mandy Sweigart-Quinn, I live in Lancaster, PA and I am a “Blue Collar Theologian.” I love Jesus! I am passionate about His Word (The Holy Bible)! I come alive when I can encourage others in their walk with Jesus (whether by writing or speaking). As a “Blue Collar Theologian” it is my aim to live/practice/work out my Christian hope with sincerity, authenticity and genuineness. As a “Blue Collar Theologian,” I strive to meet people right where they are (“Incarnational Theology”). I graduated in May 2019 from Capital Seminary and Graduate School with a Master's in Biblical Studies. I am a passionate, excited and enthusiastic person! I love flowers, sports and sunsets. Since January 2, 2018 I have had the privilege of being married to Nathan.

53 thoughts on “December 2020 Prayer”

      1. I appreciate your supportive prayers Mandy. I am grateful to all the brethren who have upheld me to the Father. My condition never usually varies much (but this time it did) but my ability to cope with it does. By the power of answered prayer I am being pulled out of the mire and feeling better. It is a classic example of being enabled in His Strength! God bless you sister.

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  1. Amen! Praying with you, Mandy! You are right, we will pray that may GOD prepare and equip us to handle next year and the years to come. GOD bless you, Nathan, your brother, and your parents! Although, it is early to say it, Merry Christmas!

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    1. Hi, Kent! Thank you for praying with me and for encouraging me! Merry Christmas to you as well!!! In the Philippines do y’all stop playing Christmas music on Dec 26 or after New Year’s?! I know you said people start playing Christmas music in September! I absolutely love Christmas music! O Holy Night is the absolute best!!!! What are your favorites?! Love you, brother!!!!!

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      1. Usually, Filipinos stop playing Christmas music right after either three kings or early 1st week of January. Really, that is your favorite? When sung by a subtle tenor or soprano or a heavenly voice, O Holy Night is indeed the best. When do you usually play Christmas songs in the US? Me, my all-time, I did sing it in elementary, high school, and master’s class party and I used to play it by piano and it is…secret. Chipmunks? Nope. Blessing to you and your family, Mandy! And have yourself a merry little Christmas!

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      2. I will learn what your favorite song is for sure!!!! You are so funny! Some people start playing Christmas music after Halloween but for sure after Thanksgiving. I also like Dominick the Donkey it’s a song that makes me smile!

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      3. You already knew, Mandy. Yes, I gave it to you in my previous response in this thread. No kidding, “let your heart be light, from now on our troubles will be out of sight.” If there is a second Christmas song I’d like then that will be O Holy Night. So solemn, and the first time I heard it when a group of people came caroling in our home almost 3 decades ago, I like but I knew my #1 song already before that. Thank you for the info. I’ll check on the other song you like.

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      4. Oh! Ha, I’m slow!! That’s a nice song too! I also like Once Upon a Christmas by Selah and Dolly Parton. Oh and I like He Shall Reign Forever by Chris Tomlin. I can listen to those two songs over and over along with A Christmas Alleluia by Tomlin.

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      5. No, it was hidden well. I too could not identify it as it was camouflaged. Oh, those are modern gospel singers, Mandy, including Dolly. I have songs that I like from Selah but not much on Tomlin. Although his rendition of the song, In Christ Alone (by the Getty’s), is ok and popular but I like other versions. I might have a posting on your favorite Christmas song but I have to check the copyright of the lyrics and if it is available for public use.

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  2. That was a beautiful prayer Mandy and I’m always encouraged when I hear the prayers of others who may have remembered what I have forgotten. Definitely one in prayer with you. Blessings as always to you and yours.

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  3. Thank you, Mandy, for this uplifting prayer to the Lord for this new month! Amidst the temporal challenges and chaos of 2020, we have so much to be grateful for. I’m learning more and more that it’s the challenges that cause us to focus less on our “self-sufficient” selves and more on the Lord.

    p.s. cool sweatshirt!

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  4. A good prayer. Good prayer for us to finish 2020 well; also good prayer of looking ahead with 2021. And also praying for the advent season. Your prayer about the adoption is very specific!

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    1. Thanks for praying with me! I will probably be asleep for Bible Study but know that I am praying for y’all! If ya don’t mind could y’all pray for God to heal my rash? Also, not sure if you saw my email, I received your book! What an awesome and amazing gift! Love and blessings to you, Nancy and kiddos!

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  5. Neat to hear about your favorite Messianic prophecies! My favorite is also Psalm 22! I think the other one is the last portion of Psalm 118. Sorry for the late reply, was driving to do pastoral visitation and also going over the prodigal Son book by Pink with a brother just now!

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  6. Responding to your comment on my post: Yes the Sheriff in our county (Los Angeles) and other neighboring counties have made it clear they aren’t going to proactively enforce it. I don’t blame them, you have these leftist California politicians on the one hand been demonizing officers intensely the last year, then cut their funds to “divert it to other agencies,” say that police shouldn’t respond to non-violent non-emergencies…only to have them do that very thing of enforcing non-violent non-emergency “emergency” power of the politicians (that didn’t go through the state legislature) and honestly all my Marine buddies who are officers here tell me morale is down, crime is up, they are overworked and understaffed, officers are quitting and retiring early, criminals are embolden and the public in liberal California are hostile towards them…and you going to have them enforce things that most officers don’t even see as high priority when you have climbing violent crimes. Heck in LA now even shoplifting for the city they don’t even respond to that anymore beginning this year since the city won’t press charges. Back when I work security with shoplifters we arrested we have to wait 2 hours as LAPD and LASD is undermanned and have so much going on and now the amount of sworn officers would be 8,000 for a large patrol area, that number is the force in the 1990s and comparatively tiny than other big metro which has better officers to square feet ratio and officer to population ratio such as in NY and Philly while LAPD also operate in a terrain that has many cultures and ethnic groups and language barriers (LA school districts have to deal with 80 languages). The city shouldn’t have punished LAPD for what happened with Fllyod; LAPD was at a record 30 year low last year in terms of officer involved shooting and police application of violence, and the least complaint since the Rodney King riot in ’92, they’ve worked hard on community relations and are not perfect but even the notorious critic LA Times praised LAPD in early May before the country’s BLM narrative overtaken and shadowed what the agency has improved upon.

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    1. Thank you for sharing this. Nathan and I have been praying for y’all in regards to mandates and crime and I know all of this weighs heavy on him too. I appreciate all the bloggers who are writing about COVID and politics but in some ways I can’t read those posts. I am NOT putting the USA before God and His Kingdom, I think it’s ok to grieve for people who have lost everything. I understand persecution is coming to believers and this world is not getting better. I feel grief and lament and if I’m not honest about it, it will turn to anger. There’s no social, government (local, state or federal) program that will change hearts, only Christ in the power of the Spirit to the glory of God the Father are hearts changed.

      I had NO clue LA had so many different languages, that’s fascinating! Crime everywhere is on the rise. Nathan is all about community policing vs military style policing, however in larger cities what choice do they have at this point? PA is still a mess with this election stuff. All of this in so unbelievable and I wouldn’t believe it if we weren’t living through it.

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      1. I too am a fan of community policing versus military style policing. But there’s an extreme out there these days that just hate the police and I think we seen the rhetorics this year of so much hate…

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