If you could ask God to give you something–something you want more than anything–and you knew He’d give it to you, what would you ask for?
A new car?
A better paying job?
What would you ask for? Think about it…
Isaiah’s Big Prayer
The Bible tells us about a man who did this.
His name was Isaiah, and He was a prophet.
The prophet Isaiah was really frustrated with the world he was living in. Just like you and me, he looked around the world and saw all of the brokenness. War. Violence. Hate. Sickness. Death.
And as he observed all of that, he prayed to God. And he asked God to do one thing. The one thing he wanted God to do more than anything.
“Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down!”
A Surprising Christmas Prayer
This isn’t always a prayer that we connect with Christmas (Isaiah prayed this prayer 700 years before the birth of Jesus). But this is a Christmas prayer nonetheless.
Isaiah was asking God to rend the heavens. The word “rend” means to split or divide. It means to pull or tear apart with force or violence.
In other words, Isaiah was praying, “LORD RIP OPEN THE SKIES AND COME BE WITH US!”
Why would Isaiah pray that?
Because Isaiah knew that if God came down, it would change everything. It would change the world. It would change his community. It would even change his life.
What Christmas is Really All About
And that’s what Christmas is really all about.
Christmas is about God answering that prayer Isaiah prayed so long ago. Christmas is about God coming to be with us in Jesus Christ. On that first Christmas morning, it wasn’t any ordinary baby that was placed in that manger. It was an extraordinary baby. Jesus is Immanuel–God with us.
And when Jesus came it changed everything.
The Bible says,
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him (John 3:16-17, ESV).
Christmas is about the birth of Jesus. The Son of God. The Savior of the world.
It’s an answer to a prayer prayed long ago. And it’s a truth powerful enough to change your life forever.
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