Christmas Eve Prayer Walk 2022

Christmas Eve Prayer Walk 2022


Welcome to the Christmas Prayer Walk!

We are so excited that you came. Tonight’s journey is a special time in history, the birth of Jesus Christ! You will be a part of the story of Christmas as you journey through the Christmas Prayer Walk. Some things to remember as you travel tonight’s journey:

 

-The prayer walk is designed for you to take your time. There is no rush to move from one STEP to the next. If the person ahead of you is taking longer than you want to, feel free to move on to the next STEP, you are not obligated to follow in a line.

 

-Please keep talking to a minimum. The prayer walk is designed for you to enjoy as an experience between you and God. If you came with someone, you may take the journey together but it is encouraged that you do this individually.

 

-Enjoy your journey! Take a moment now to pray and ask God to reveal Himself in the Christmas Prayer Walk to you.

 

Now it’s time to begin! Please start by going out to the Patio where you will be taken back in time to the Fields where the shepherds first heard of the Savior’s birth.

 


Step 1

The Fields

That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep.  Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terribly frightened, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news of great joy for everyone!  The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David!  And this is how you will recognize him: You will find a baby lying in a manger, wrapped snugly in strips of cloth!”  Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to all whom God favors.”  When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Come on, let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this wonderful thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 
Luke 2:8-15

 

You are one of the shepherds in the fields tonight.

 

Think of what would be going through your mind as you hear the good
news of the birth of Jesus!

 

How do you respond?
How do you feel?
Would you have gone to Bethlehem?

 

  


Step 2

The Manger

"All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary quietly treasured these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their fields and flocks, glorifying and praising God for what the angels had told them, and because they had seen the child, just as the angel had said." 
Luke 2:18-20


 Today you’re invited on a journey through the first years of Jesus’ life.

 

It all began at the manger.

 

There was no room for Jesus in the Inn.  Pray that there will always be room in your heart for Jesus to lead your life and change you for His glory.

 

How do you feel about Jesus being born in a manger? 
What do you think Mary was feeling that night?

 

When you are finished, enter the Rock Ranch Inn for Step 3.

 

 

 Step 3

God in the Flesh

 "The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us."
John 1:14

 

Turn your focus on what it means for the eternal God to become a man.
Think about what it means that Jesus once wore sandals like these, just like any of us might have.

 

The God who created the world stepped into an ordinary human body.

 

Take time to meditate on the mystery, majesty, and humility of Jesus,
the Son of God.


 

 Step 4

The Offering

"Then it was time for the purification offering, as required by the law of Moses after the birth of a child; so his parents took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord.” Luke 2:22 


The Scriptures say that Mary and Joseph offered two turtle doves, similar to the birds you see now.  This sacrifice was an offering for purification.

 

What things in your life need to be purified?

 

What do you bring to Jesus as an offering tonight?
Have you offered your time?
Your talents?
Your heart?

Your life?



Step 5

God's Promise

 Now there was a man named Simeon who lived in Jerusalem.  He was a righteous man and very devout.  He was filled with the Holy Spirit, and he eagerly expected the Messiah to come and rescue Israel.  The Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.  That day the Spirit led him to the Temple.  So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying, “Lord, now I can die in peace!  As you promised me, I have seen the Savior you have given to all people.  He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!”  Joseph and Mary were amazed at what was being said about Jesus.  Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, “This child will be rejected by many in Israel, and it will be their undoing. But he will be the greatest joy to many others.  Thus, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul.” 
Luke 2:25-35


God kept His promise to Simeon. He promised that Simeon would see the

Savior before he died. God always keeps His promises.

 

In the corner you will find a list of promises that God keeps.

 

How has God been faithful to you? Thank Him for His faithfulness and ask
Him to help you be like Him and be His faithful follower.

 


Step 6

Bringing Gifts

About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We have seen his star as it arose, and we have come to worship him.”  Herod was deeply disturbed by their question, as was all of Jerusalem.  He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law. “Where did the prophets say the Messiah would be born?” he asked them.  “In Bethlehem,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote: ‘O Bethlehem of Judah, you are not just a lowly village in Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’”  Then Herod sent a private message to the wise men, asking them to come see him. At this meeting he learned the exact time when they first saw the star.  Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!”  After this interview the wise men went their way.  Once again the star appeared to them, guiding them to Bethlehem.  It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was.  When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!  They entered the house where the child and his mother, Mary, were, and they fell down before him and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  But when it was time to leave, they went home another way, because God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.
Matthew 2:1-12


 The wise men knew who Jesus was and they brought Him the best they had.

 

What gifts has God given you to bring to Him?

Are you using your gifts for His glory or your own?

 

On the provided butcher paper, tell God how thankful you are for these gifts
and how you will use them for His purposes.



Step 7

The Bread

 As they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread and asked God’s blessing on it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take it and eat it, for this is my body.” 
Matthew 26:26


Tonight as we take communion we want to remember that Jesus was

born to die for our sins.

 

Take a piece of bread and eat it as Jesus did.
As you’re eating, think of how Jesus is the Anointed One whose body was
broken for you and thank Him. 
Thank God the Father for sending His Son to die for you.



Step 8

The Cup

 And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it.  He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood, which seals the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out to forgive the sins of many.  Mark my words—I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom.” 
Matthew 26:27-29


Take a cup of grape juice and drink it.

As you do, remember that Jesus chose to bear the agony of the cross - to drink the cup - to save you.

 

Is there a cup that the Father is asking you to drink?
Is there something that you need to pray the prayer of Gethsemane for:
“Yet not as I will, but as You will?”



Step 9

The Light

 You are the light of the world—like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see.  Don’t hide your light under a basket!  Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all.  In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
Matthew 5:14-16


Grab a candle to light during the song O Holy Night.


Light your candle to show the light of God in you.

 

Pray that God will use you in an effective way and that even this week,
He would bring someone in your path that you can invite into a relationship with Jesus by sharing your testimony!

 

Thank you for coming tonight!
May His goodness shine on you as you go and tell others of the wonderful things He has done in your life!


Merry Christmas!