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Now! What’s on your Santa Claus wish list? Christmas for me is a time of praising God for the greatest gift given to humanity. It’s a time of year to celebrate the birth of our Savior. The Bible teaches that at his birth three wise men followed the East Star to the place where he was born.There they found “Mary, Joseph and the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger” and they “presented treasures of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” God gave us a Savior as a gift not because man had requested him to do so but rather, he did it out of man’s necessity. The wise men presented their wealth as their gift in return.

As it relates to God’s giving, the Bible teaches us that the reason we don’t get what we need is because we don’t ask God in faith. Will God give us everything we ask him for? No. Our requests must be in harmony with God’s will. If we ask anything according to his will he hears us and we should expect to receive it.

Do you need help overcoming a problem? Then ask for it. Do you need a deeper spiritual walk with the Lord? Ask for it. Do you need emotional healing? Ask for it. All of us need guidance in certain areas of our life and we should make our requests believing that God will direct us.

God wants to be good to you, so tell him the desires of your heart. Then thank him and believe the answer will come in his time. Expectant prayers demonstrate confidence in God’s goodness. So instead of fretting and talking about it to everybody but God or taking matters into your own hands,say, “Lord I’m going to trust you with this regardless of the outcome” and he will honor your faith. 

One of my favorite singers of all time is the late Eartha Kitt. Her song “Santa Baby” humors me because in the lyrics of the song she asks Santa for some peculiar and expensive requests. The first request is a “light blue ‘54 convertible” automobile. The second request is a “yacht.” The third request is “the deed to a platinum mine.” Lastly, she asked Santa to “fill her stocking with a duplex and checks signed with his X on the line.”

Now I don’t think that Eartha Kitt ever expected to receive these things and I certainly don’t think she asked God for them. When we ask for the necessities of life, let’s make sure they are reasonable requests so that God will honor them. Make your requests and have a wonderful and safe Christmas. Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up! 

By Chaplain Ghosten

chaplain@lhp.net