Greatest Christmas Prayers: Give Thanks for the Birth of Jesus Christ

Christmas is the time of year we celebrate the gift of Jesus, the son of God, born on earth and the salvation He gives to mankind. Use these powerful prayers to give thanks for Christ and God and the company of your friends and family during the holiday season!
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Greatest Christmas Prayers: Give Thanks for the Birth of Jesus Christ

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16

"And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior" - Luke 1:46-47

During the modern Christmas holiday, there are many material distractions from the original meaning and reason for celebration: the birth and gift of Jesus. Take some time to reconnect with God and give thanks for our salvation in Christ with these powerful Christmas prayers. Here we have gathered some of the best historic and contemporary prayers for the Christmas season. May these words fill your mind, heart, and spirit with joy and gratitude!

15 Christmas Prayers & Blessings

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1. Short Prayer of Christmas Thanks

Thank you, God for sending Your Son on one glorious night to be born a virgin, to live a perfect life and to die on the cross for my sins. Thank you that he rose from the dead three days later and that this Christmas and every Christmas we can celebrate the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.
Amen.

 

2. Christmas Day Prayer

O Lord Jesus Christ,
true God from true God,
you became a little child for us so the world you made would be saved.
Just as a child is born to us and a Son is given to us,
may we be born again through you
and always remain in the number
of God’s faithful children;
through your merits, O blessed Savior,
with the Father and the Holy Spirit
you live and reign,
one God,
now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Collect for The Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Day, freely modified from  Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p.17 #1

 

3. A Prayer for Christmas Eve

O God,
you were pleased to announce the coming of your Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
with choirs of angels who proclaimed with their song,
“Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.”
Grant that we may so pass our time here to your glory,
that at your Son’s second coming
we may rejoice before him.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 11 #1

 

4. New Birth and Freedom in Christ

Almighty God,
grant that the new birth
of your Son in the flesh
redeems us from the old slavery
under the yoke of sin,
so we may receive him with joy
as our Redeemer,
and that when when he comes to judge
we may see Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
forever and ever.
Amen.

Source:  Wilehelm Loehe, Agende für christliche Gemeinden des lutherischen Bekenntnisses, 1844

 

5. Christmas Communion Prayer

O merciful God,
open the depths of our souls
that we may receive
the immortality of our spirits
through the new birth of your Son
by the power of his body
and precious blood;
for he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God,
forever and ever.
Amen.

Source:  Wilehelm Loehe, Agende für christliche Gemeinden des lutherischen Bekenntnisses, 1844

 

6. Christmas Prayer: Direct Our Ways

O almighty and eternal God,
mercifully direct our ways
that we may walk in your law
and abound in good works;
through your beloved Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Veit Dietrich

Source of this version: Freely modified from The Lutheran Hymnary, 1913, http://olcc.us/liturgical-resources/collects-veit-dietrich/ (Sunday after Christmas)

 

7. Prayer to Re-focus During the Holiday Season

Dear God, sometimes I get too caught in the Christmas commercialism. OK, a lot of times. Today, I’m going to refocus my heart and remember why I’m celebrating this wonderful day in the first place. I’m celebrating Jesus today…and every day! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

~ Sharon Jaynes

 

8. Christmas Prayer

Lord God, heavenly Father, we give thanks that in your great mercy and compassion you allowed your dear Son to become incarnate and through him redeemed us from sin and eternal death. Enlighten our hearts by your Holy Spirit that we may always be thankful for such grace and be comforted in all trouble and temptation, and at last, obtain eternal salvation; through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one true God, now and forever. Amen.

Source: Veit Dietrich

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9. Prayer for Inward Peace and Goodwill

O Lord Jesus Christ,
by your incarnation you united
things earthly and heavenly.
Fill us with the sweetness
of inward peace and goodwill,
that we may join the heavenly host
in singing praises to your glory;
for you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Gregorian Rite, 6th Century

Source of this version: Freely modified from Collects and Prayers for Use in Church,  United Lutheran Church in America, 1935

 

10. Christmas Acclamation

Praise and adoration
be to our God,
for he is good.
His grace and mercy
fill the heavens and earth.
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving,
and joyfully praise
our creator.

As a father,
he loves us,
his children.
Sing his praises
with joyful thanks
in love and devotion!
Let us love him
who has loved us
since the world began.
Who would not
love God from the heart?

We can not give him
adequate praise.
Still, in heaven
he receives with goodwill
our joyful songs of praise
and pours much joy into our souls,
whenever we thank him,
whenever we live in him.

Sing to Jesus Christ
praise, thanks and glory,
for he came from heaven
to destroy sin and death for us
and by his precious, willing sacrifice,
restored innocence and peace.

Already here on earth
he renews joy and life to us
by his grace.
Still greater bliss is prepared there
for those who love him
when one day they will be renewed in his image,
made new and holy,
and awakened from death.

Let us rejoice in our holy God!
Let us rejoice in our eternal God!
How blessed it is to praise him
here, and then in heaven.
He is our holiness!
He is our life!
He always loves us, his children.

Source: Schleswig-Hosteinsche Kirchen-Agende, 1797, Am Feste der Geburt Jesu,  p. 62-64, translated for A Collection of Prayers.


11. Prayer for the Love of Jesus

Ah! sweet Jesus,
pierce the marrow of my soul
with the healthful arrows of your love,
that it may truly burn, and melt, and languish,
with the desire for you alone;
that it may desire to be dissolved and to be with you;
let it hunger alone for the bread of life;
let it thirst after you,
the spring and fountain of eternal light,
the stream of true pleasure;
let it always desire you, seek you, and find you,
and sweetly rest in you. Amen.

Source: Bonaventura, d. 1274
Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954.

12. Jesus our Master, Walk with Us

Jesus our Master,
walk with us on the road
as we yearn to reach the heavenly country,
so that following your light,
we may stay on the way of righteousness,
and never wander
into the horrible darkness of this world’s night,
while you, the way, the truth, and the life,
are shining within us.

Source: Mozarabic, freely modified from  Ancient Collects, ed. William Bright p. 87#3

13. Lord Jesus, Be Our Holy Guest

Lord Jesus, be our holy Guest,
Our morning Joy, our evening Rest;
And with our daily bread impart
Your love and peace to every heart. Amen.

Source: Slightly modified from “Forms of Grace before Meat,” The Book of Common Worship, Henry Van Dyke, editor, Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School Work, 1906, p. 167.

14. Move Us to Thanks for Jesus’ Suffering

Almighty Father, eternal God,
for us you sent your Son
and let him suffer
the pain of the cross,
that he might drive away from us
all the terror of the evil foe.
Move us to joyfully give thanks for his suffering
through which we have received
forgiveness of sins
and redemption from eternal death;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Martin Luther [Die Gebete Luthers, #14]

15. To You, O Jesus

To you, O Jesus, I direct my eyes;
to you my hands, to you my humble knees;
to you my heart shall offer sacrifice;
to you my thoughts, who my thoughts only sees;
to you myself–myself and all I give;
to you I die; to you I only live.

Source: Sir Walter Raleigh

 

Sources

Christmas - A Collection of Prayers ~ acollectionofprayers.com

12 Christmas Prayers - Experience Joy and Family Happiness This Holiday ~ crosswalk.com

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Originally published October 10, 2019.