The honest Christmas prayer

Father God,

Can I be really honest? Sometimes I find it hard to pray. Sometimes my head is so full of stuff that I don’t know what to say. But I figured, since we’re sat here, reading this blog in the run-up to Christmas, since this is about you God, coming to earth, perhaps we should start with silence, and allow you God, to speak first?

So let’s hold a moment’s silence, to give God our focus.


Father God,

Can I be really honest? Sometimes I forget about you. Among the family and food and degree work, and my list of things to do, I end up distracted by fairy lights and never let your light break through. I am sorry I let Christmas be about everything else when it’s actually all about you.

And so we give you this moment’s silence, to give the focus back to Jesus.


Father God,

Can I be really honest? Sometimes it just doesn't sit right, that we end up boxing you in to the Christmas season and then for the rest of the year we keep quiet. We invite our mates to carol services, but our regular church feels a step too far, so I ask for boldness to share you Jesus, when we get back to Uni next year.

We give you this moment’s silence, to pray for our mates yet to meet Jesus


Thank-you God that we can talk like this, no matter where we are at. Let this year be a year of knowing, day in day out, ‘God is with us’ Emmanuel, is what life's all about.


Please share below your own honest sentence of prayer to God as we head into Christmas, starting with : 'Can I be really honest?'...

Miriam Swanson

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Miriam helps equip the church for student mission internationally. She's based in the USA and hungry to see young adults follow Jesus with all of who they are. 

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