Make a list, check it twice 

In the famous Christmas song, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, there’s a line that says, “making a list, checking it twice, going to find out who is naughty or nice.”

Did you sing this? Do you still sing it?

Kids all over the world sing this song, as they make a list and hope they get the gifts they want for Christmas.

But our God answers prayers all year round and he knows the desires of our heart. Furthermore, he cares enough to do something about it. 

“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.”

Psalms 37:23

The idea of making a list of desired gifts for someone who can give them is not new. It started with God and his people. 

We see where God engaged with his people and invited them to make list of desires and give it to him through praying. Over and over again, he answered prayers and did miracles. He ultimately gave us the most incredible miracle by giving Jesus to be our salvation. 

“I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will answer their prayers!”

Isaiah 65:24

Today we can make a list, check it twice, and commit our prayers to him through faith. 

I believe there’s something special about writing down our prayer requests and then writing how he answered it. This simple exercise gives us focus for continual praying and then reminds us of what he did. 

The decision to pray daily and be thankful is massive in our spiritual health. The Bible tells us to pray and not quit. It also says that thanksgiving leads us into the presence of the Lord. But this is a decision we must make. God won’t force us or make us do it; therefore, when we make a list and check it twice, we’re encouraged to pray and to be thankful.

 “Never stop praying.”

1 Thessalonians 5:17

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.”

Psalms 100:4

This Christmas, what are you praying about? What is on your heart?

Jesus knows, and he’s moving on to your answer. Our part is not to give up and keep pressing in with prayer and thanksgiving. 

So, I encourage you to make a list of prayer requests and then make another list of prayers he’s already answered. Review these two lists daily. Focus your faith to pray until you see the answer and then focus your confidence by reminding yourself what he’s done.

I personally do this every day and my faith is stirred every time. There’s something about doing this that is spiritual and needed for us. We tend to focus on the negative and what hasn’t happened. Our minds wander toward fear and the things that could go wrong or that have gone wrong. 

But God is challenging us to shift our minds into to what is good, just, noble, things of praise to him and of course, the miracles he’s done. Because truly, he’s done so many things that we can’t count them all. This is why we’re here today and through Jesus the best is yet to come. 

When we think about the future and the what ifs, we can go to God and see what he’s done and have comfort of what he’ll again.

“What is happening now has happened before, and what will happen in the future has happened before, because God makes the same things happen repeatedly.”

Ecclesiastes 3:15

This verse tells us God will do miracles again, so recount what he’s done. Check your list and remember how he’s come through for you. Think back at his amazing grace and be lifted in hope that he’s going to do it again!

So this Christmas, please make a list of prayer requests and pray them daily. Then make another of things God has done and read it daily and give him thanks. Do both of these lists at same time and weave thanksgiving with your prayers. In doing so, your faith will come alive in expectation of his miracles.

Keep going, and don’t give up. Jesus is your answer and has your solution! 

Merry Christmas and the best is yet to come,

PD

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