When you feel little and insignificant in a world that is large, loud and clamoring with voices, calling out to be heard, God can still use you and has a plan for your life.
Jesus came from obscurity and from a town in the middle of nowhere. Bethlehem may have been the birthplace of King David, but it certainly wasn’t bustling with things to do on the weekends.
God chose the smallest to become the greatest and the insignificant to become the signet ring. Bethlehem was the birthplace of Jesus Christ and the place where Joseph could trace his lineage back to King David, fulfilling Bible prophecy that Jesus, as the Messiah, would be of the kingly line of David.
“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.”
Therefore Israel will be abandoned
until the time when she who is in labor bears a son,
and the rest of his brothers return
to join the Israelites.
He will stand and shepherd his flock
in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they will live securely, for then his greatness
will reach to the ends of the earth.
And he will be our peace
when the Assyrians invade our land
and march through our fortresses.
When you feel small, useless and insignificant, remember, God loves using small people!
Father, in Jesus name, I praise you for the way you take the weak and small things of the world and bringing yourself glory. Bethlehem was not from the strongest tribe of Israel. In fact, it was the smallest. But you made it the greatest and birthed the Messiah into the world from Bethlehem.
Father, sometimes I feel my life is so small and insignificant. I feel like a little fish in a big pond. I feel weak and lonely. But, you take the things that are not and call them as if they are.
God you are great! You show your love to the weak and the strong and show no favoritism. Your Spirit brings power, significance and belonging. Your faithfulness never fails. You are faithful to me, Lord God. Give me eyes of faith to see you at work in my life and to see the hope you bring for those who are downcast in spirit.
Jesus, it says in your Word, where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. Your Spirit anointed King David, the smallest and youngest of Jesse’s sons and raised him up to the highest place of power in the world.
Your Spirit lives in your son and exalted Bethlehem by bringing the birth of Christ forth there. Your Spirit is in me through Jesus and your Spirit is invited to rest in power on my life. You anoint me with oil, my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
God forgive me for looking down on things and people who are not the biggest and the best by the world’s standards. Help me to bless those who are struggling. Give me faith and courage to see people and places with eyes of faith.
In the name of Jesus, I speak the truth and power of God, the reality of God over my family and life. Those whom I love who have accepted you, I acknowledge as marked by your Spirit. Forgive me for speaking negatively about my family, my own life, my church, my friends, my town. I want to agree with your truth and not the lies of the devil or the Devils plan of failure for people. I want to agree with the truth. Teach me to speak God’s truth.
In Jesus name, teach me of love. Show me how to love. You have chosen me from the foundations of the world. You called me out of my sin and set my feet on solid ground. I glorify your name in all the earth, Lord Jesus! Your love is not conditional on how successful I am or how much money I make or bythe world’s standards. You love without limit, because you are love itself.
God, in a time where the love of many is growing cold, may I be great at love and sacrifice. Help me not to grow weary in doing well or to surrender in the fight. Strengthen me and encourage me, because I get tired in my own strength. I recognize my inability to love the way you want me to and ask that your Spirit will give me supernatural love.
Father, in Jesus’s name, I stand against the discourament of the devil about my life. Father, Satan is a liar and he wants to keep me in hopelessness about my situations. I stand in the power of the resurrection of Christ and claim his victory over my life. Jesus has defeated the devil and he said in Romans 16:19 “The God of peace will soon crush Satan underneath your feet.” God, I claim that I will crush Satan, through Jesus Christ, as I walk in your power.
I claim everywhere I walk and put the sole of my feet for your kingdom, Father God. May Satan lose ground everywhere I walk, because I want to bring your truth, power and the salvation of Jesus with me everywhere I go!
No matter how small the church, town or how desperate the situation, you are Lord and I will not despise the things you are Lord over, in Jesus name.
The earth is the Lord’s and fullness thereof! Everything belongs to you.
God, when the Roman Empire was steeped in paganism, you took a small group of uneducated, Spirit-filled disciples and changed the world! May I walk in the Spirit of God the way that your apostles did, Oh Lord. May I walk the way the great and faithful men and women of God have walked. May you pour your Spirit in my life for the furthering of the gospel, in Jesus name.
I love you, Father God! In Jesus’s name, Amen!