'Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la, la la la la!

It’s Christmas-time! And as such, we’re all supposed to wear ugly Christmas sweaters and maintain happy smiles all day long, right?


Sure, we all love the twinkly lights, carols, and using the holidays as an excuse to sneak in extra calories. But for many of us, the difficult circumstances that plagued us in November, didn’t disappear because of some yuletide magic.

In fact, the insanity of shopping, baking, and trying to finish work assignments before vacation has us more exhausted than ever before. It feels like a 10 car pile-up.

And on top of it, we have this wish, or expectation, that we’d be happy merely because of our proximity to Christmas.

But let’s remember the most powerful tool we have in our arsenal to ward off stress and win back joy: PRAYER.

Prayer is the single most important thing you can do this season.

Yeah, wrapping gifts is good too, but we can’t expect to come out of the holidays unscathed unless we cover ourselves, our families, and our community in prayer.

If your prayer life is dwindling as of late, don’t get down on yourself. Just get started again!

Here a few suggestions that’ll help get us all back on track:

Our church is well on it’s way to praying 50,000 hours this year! We’re calling the movement “Northgate Prays.” We know that prayer works and God is listening. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of making a commitment. If you haven’t already, get our “Minute by Minute” download and pledge to make 30 minutes of prayer a daily habit!

Ever feel like your prayers don’t really make a difference? Is it hard to justify slowing down in the morning for prayer when your to-do list is a roaring lion? Then you need to read this: Never a Wasted Prayer.

Sometimes we forget that we’re in a race. Not the rat race…that’s not the race we’re talking about. No, the Bible compares our faith journey to running in a race. It requires perseverance. Watch this video to get some perspective and motivation that’ll have you jumping out of your chair and onto your knees in prayer!