25 Christmas Prayers – Day 18
Day 18 – Jehovah-Nissi, The Lord Is My Banner
Lord, the battles we fight in our hearts are not new. But we often suffer combat fatigue. We forget that You are Jehovah-Nissi, The Lord My Banner.
At Your Name, Enemies Flee
As believers, You conquered death and satan’s hold on our lives. He cannot steal or sever our relationship with You. But as long as we live in this world, our enemy never gives up trying to turn us back. When we hold up Your name, You release Your power in us. Your banner will bring peace, victory, hope, and restored joy–even in the midst of our own personal “war zones.”
Your Banner Over Us Is Love
At Christmas, Lord, we come again to build an “altar” to You in our hearts–spiritual stones of remembrance that remind us of Your faithfulness each time we experience a victory. Your banner over us will always be love.
You are the name we lift up in times of temptation, Lord. We celebrate You this Christmas as our Jehovah-nissi, the Lord My Banner, waving Your sovereign authority clearly in view of all our enemies. When You are present, and Your banner is over us, doubt, fear, and discouragement scatter. Victory always follows!
(Adapted from Daily in Your Presence, Intimate Conversations with a Loving Father, (c) 2002, Rebecca Barlow Jordan
*Personal Note: When my grandfather was dying of leukemia years ago, he asked the ones at his bedside to hold his arms like a banner over his head until he had the “victory.” He died with his arms raised high toward heaven. He was referring to the time Moses asked Aaron and Hur to support his arms and raise them toward heaven so they could win their battle against their enemy at Rephidim. As long as Moses’ arms were in the air (with the rod God had given him), they would win. It was a victorious battle, and Moses built an altar to Jehovah-Nissi, the Lord My Banner.
This is the 18th in a series of daily Christmas blogs celebrating the names of our precious Lord. I hope these simple prayer blogs will enrich your Christmas season and draw you close to the One who is the true season for Christmas. (I will be returning to my regular, weekly posts after Christmas).
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