Monthly Prayer Focus

December 2018

Worship Him – Open Your Treasure Chest And Offer Him Gifts

Written by: Thomas Sledge 


         In Isaiah 11:10, the Bible speaks of the time in history when an heir to David’s throne would become a banner of salvation to all the world.  It tells of nations rallying around him and described the land where he lives as a glorious place.  The Book of Matthew 12:21 proclaims, “In his name the nations will put their hope.” Over 700 years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah foretold in the Book of Isaiah 7:14 of his birth saying, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign: Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” The prophet Isaiah foretold of one to come out of the ‘house of David’, (King David’s family and descendants), and spoke of a virgin that would be pregnant and give birth to a child. Isaiah prophesied this in the context of it being a sign from God. He further prophesied that the child would be referred to as “Immanuel,” which means, “God with us.”   Seven hundred years later after Isaiah’s prophecy of the birth of Jesus, the New Testament books of Matthew and Luke records the birth of Jesus.   Because he was born of the Virgin Mary and is the Son of God; Jesus is literally referred to as “God with us.”   The bible tells a story in Matthew 2:1-12 of how in the days of King Herod after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem asking, “Where is the child who has been born King of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising and have come to pay him homage.”  The wise men knew of the prophecy written in Micah 5:2, “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” The wise men, who were portrayed as following a star commonly known as the ‘Star of Bethlehem’, were exceedingly glad and upon finding Jesus they are described as falling, kneeling, and bowing in worship of Jesus.  The bible records, opening their treasure chest they offered him gifts which bring us to the prayer focus for this month, Worship Him, Open Your Treasure Chest, and Offer Him Gifts.

           Since the beginning, man has offered gifts to God.  We find in the Book of Genesis 4:3-4 that brothers Cain and Abel gave special gifts as offerings to God.  We learn in the scene portrayed there about our motives for giving, a lesson for another day.  In the account found in Matthew, wise men came bearing gifts for Jesus, the Son of God.  Matthew explicitly identifies three gifts which were gifts ordinarily given to a king:  myrrh, frankincense, and gold.  Myrrh was commonly used as anointing oil, frankincense as a perfume, and gold as a valuable.   These three gifts had a spiritual meaning: gold as a symbol of kingship on earth, frankincense, as a symbol of deity, and myrrh (also use as embalming oil) as a symbol of death.  Gifts fit for a king, and they fell and worshipped him.  In Ephesians 2:8 we read, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”  In John 3:16 we read, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”  God gave his most precious gift, who Micah prophesized would be “…ruler over Israel, whose origins are from old, from ancient times.”  Isaiah prophesized “…the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.”  And so, like wise men, we too should be exceedingly glad to find Jesus?  We too should fall, kneel, and bow in worship to him and bring treasures offering them to Jesus.  The treasures that we bring too should be befitting for a king, King Jesus?  In the month of December as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, please join the Midway Prayer Ministry in our prayer focus of the monthWorship Him, Open Your Treasure Chest, and Offer Him Gifts.

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