A Prayer in Praise of Jesus’ Glory and Grace
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. Isa. 9:6-7
Dear Lord Jesus, I don’t just need this Scripture in the month of December—when it’s getting time to celebrate Christmas; I need the truths and grace of this hope-laden text every single day. Knowing the government of the whole world already rests on your shoulders profoundly humbles me and gladdens me. It fills me with a joy second only to knowing your shoulders fully bore the sin of the world, including mine. As this day begins, I raise my shoulders and face to bask in your beauty.
Lord Jesus, in you are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. You are Wonderful Counselor. I look to you for knowledge of great mysteries and insight into things eternal, but you’re also the one to whom I look for counsel on loving my wife well—handling fresh disappointments, old hurts, and unfulfilled longings. You care about everything.
You uphold all things by the power of your Word. You are Mighty God, the one who created and sustains the entire universe, the one in whom all things are being summed up. You’re also the one who gives me power to humble myself when I’d rather stay proud, and strength to boast in my weaknesses when I’d rather be self-sufficient.
Lord Jesus, to see you is to see the Father. To know you is to know the Father. In this sense you are Everlasting Father. You care so tenderly for the needs of the world—even the flowers of every field and the birds in every sky. But you also care about me. You didn’t leave me as an orphan, Jesus. Through your work, I’m not only declared to be righteous in God’s sight, I get to declare God as my Abba, Father. What peace, what joy, what freedom!
And no one else can possibly claim the title, Prince of Peace, for you alone paid the price of peace on the cross. You are our peace, Jesus, and even as you are presently “shaloming”—bringing the increase of your government and peace to all things, so you are advancing the reign of your grace in my life. Forgive me when I look for wholeness, contentment, and healing somewhere else, for it cannot be found except in you.
For your broad shoulders, big heart, and coming kingdom, be glorified, O blessed Messiah and Redeemer. So very Amen I pray, in your matchless and mighty name.