A Prayer Prompted by the Wise Men in Matthew 2

Heavenly Father,

Thank you that like these wise men, I was once distant from you, but you led me to Jesus.  When I think of the effort these wise men put forth to find him, I have to admit that I did a lot less and found Jesus all the same.  Teach me to put forth more effort now as I seek to know Christ better than I do.  

These wise men clearly offered gifts from among the best things that they had — gold, frankincense and myrrh.  Teach me also to give all that I have which is valuable to me in the worship of my Savior.

The wise men were also very aware of your leading them: first from a far land to Jerusalem, then to a specific house in Bethlehem and then back to their own country by another way.  Teach me also to be aware of your leading in my own life. 

Deep down I want to serve you well, follow Jesus and be led by the Spirit in all that I do.   Please make my life a more accurate reflection of your will for me.  Help me to make it an offering to you and an act of complete worship.

And I ask this for the glory of the name of Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Matthew 2 Verse by Verse

Matt photoIn Matthew 2 we get the story of the wise men or magi and related events.  Herod’s desire to kill Jesus takes the family to Egypt for a time.

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A Shared Savior: The Lord Jesus Christ – Matthew 1-2

Unity, Diversity and Our Identity in Christdiversity
Part 8 of 14

No philosopher, king, scientist or superhero can save humanity from sin.  We need a Savior and that is what God has given us.

A Shared Savior Matthew 1-2.pdf 

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Early Worship

It’s interesting to realize how early in His life here on earth people began to worship Jesus.  Long before His death and resurrection, He was worshiped.  Before He ever preached a sermon or taught a crowd, He was worshiped.  Before He ever worked a miracle, He was worshiped.  In fact, before He ever did much of anything, He was worshiped.  He was worshiped before Mary and Joseph ever had the chance to leave Bethlehem.

The magi or “wise men” came to the land of Israel with one stated goal: to worship Jesus.

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” – Matthew 2:1-2 (NKJV)

When they found Him, they wasted no time.  Worshiping Jesus was the first thing they did.  We can learn so much from their example!

And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. – Matthew 2:11 (NKJV)