“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.

Oftentimes during the Christmas season, I meditate on the reason Jesus came to earth, more often than focusing on how He came. I love the birth story of Jesus; it is powerful and a fulfilled prophecy. However, I try to reflect on Jesus’ purpose for robing Himself in flesh to dwell among us (John 1:1, 2, 14). He came to save His people from their sins, to bring peace in the midst of tribulation, to heal, deliver, and to redeem.

When I read the paper, watch the news, drive down the highway, or just walk around the grocery store, my heart cries out over a brokenhearted people. I look in to empty eyes, full of sorrow and pain. I can sometimes feel their shame as I talk with them. I’m overwhelmed at the state of our world, people need Jesus.

Now, more than ever, we have a message of hope. We are heralds of the great gospel of Jesus Christ. We can impart salvation by speaking Jesus’ message, “in a world full of tribulation, be of good cheer, Jesus has overcome the world.”

If you are overwhelmed today by life I want you to know that we serve a God that is touched with the feeling of our infirmities (Hebrews 4:15). I know it’s Christmas day, but with that can come with so many emotions, please feel free to leave a prayer request below, I give you my word I will go before the throne of God on your behalf. We are in this together. I hope you feel the cheer of the Lord, despite external circumstances—our God is so able!


Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.


  1. Miadelle Belarmino

    Pls pray for my brother to have strength and wisdom to fulfill his duties in a foreign land away from his family. He misses his wife and kids and pls pray that they can follow him soon.

    • Good morning, Miadelle. I just wanted you to know that I am adding your brother to my prayer request. Family is God’s will and I believe that He wants them to be together, too. Many blessings to you and yours.

  2. Patricia Johnson

    Merry Christmas Sister Overton
    Thank you for the reminder that Jesus has over come the world that’s full of pain and need Jesus. I pray for you and your family today that the love of Christ will dwell in your hearts today and always . That your hearts desire will be answered and that all your needs will be supplied. Love you 🙏🏽
    Pat Johnson ( Richmond Virginia- The Pentecostals Of Richmond)

    • Thank you so much, Sis Johnson, that means so much to me. I claim that! I hope you and your family had a wonderful and meaningful Christmas. God bless you!

  3. Merry Christmas and Good morning!

    Thank you for writing this inspiring post. I do believe we are to be heralds of hope to a broken world and I want to but I’m broken as well. My prayer and devotion life has truly suffered over the past couple of years. I am in a “dry” season and I could really use prayer right now. I’m reaching out because you offered prayer. Please pray that my devotion to God comes back. I feel far away from my first love. I am still in church but in my heart, the cares of life have taken over and I don’t know how to get back…

    Thank you in advance,


    • Teneisha, thank you for your honesty… I believe that someone reading your comment will know that they are not alone in their dry season, too. I’m praying that the fire that once burned so brightly in your life will be reignited. One of my favorite scriptures is Isaiah 42:3, “He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle.” Our God will fan the flame in your life, He is the great restorer. I’ll continue to pray for you.

  4. Merry Christmas! Prayers for my broken family and the sick. We are healing however would appreciate prayers. Thank you snd God bless.

    • TK, I have added you and your family to my prayer list. I believe with all of my heart that God can put the broken pieces of our life and our families lives back together again… He is the master potter. He does all things well. Praying for physical healing as well.

  5. Roberta Birdwell

    I am closing in on 64, a year into breast cancer chemo treatments facing masectomies and. Jesus has walked with me. Been away from my house and my daughter and her three kids. I have not worked so financial situation is getting rough, winter freeze has caused pipes to freeze. God knows my needs. But if you could pray for healing and finances I would be very grateful. And thank you for your devotion today and always, they start my day. Merry Christmas.

    • Sis Birdwell, my heart is deeply burdened for you. I am praying that I can stand in the gap for you as your walk through this valley. Praying that God’s peace that passes our understanding will carry you through the darkest days and that His supernatural strength will uphold you when you are weak. I love you, sis, you are a part of the family of God and I feel a love toward you that can only come from above. Merry Christmas and may God bring healing, provision, beautiful memories in the coming year. God bless you!

  6. Tina Suarez

    Ty for the Devotionals yesterday, and today. Both are so beautiful, simple, real, and right on time. Thanks for speaking from your heart! Thanks for having HIS heart. Yes, Angela, I have a prayer request that I would like for you to bombard heaven for . . . my one and only child, 31 years old, Christina. Needs salvation, a new mind, and heart, and chains broken. Never seems to learn from her mistakes, or sins that the enemy tricks her with. She needs God to help her to LOVE, and know how to raise her 3 children. Actually, she needs a man of God, not thug, if she doesn’t want to do it alone. Simply, she need to seek God, and HOS will for her life. Needs a good job with hours that she can be with her kids when she is suppose to be. Many ppl have been praying for her, for a long time, but it’s like she cont. to do her way! Her mind and heart need healing. She needs inward peace, and to love God, and herself, and be thankful for her children. Children are a blessing, when raised the right way. God bless you, and KEEP writing. ❤️⚓✝️🙌

    • Sis Tina, God bless you for your comment. I know that heart-cry of a desperate mother who loves her child no matter what, and that is you for sure. Isaiah 10:27 says, “And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.” I am going to pray for Christina and that the yoke of addiction would be broken and that deliverance would be loosed. I pray that the yoke of insecurity would be broken, and that the confidence of the Lord would uphold her. I pray Lord, that Your anointing would break every chain that binds her, and that your freedom, liberty, hope, and power would be loosed in her life. I bind the spirit of fear and loose Your perfect love that casts out all fear. In the name of Jesus, it is not Your will that any should perish, but that ALL WOULD BE SAVES. We plead Your precious blood over Christina and her children, IN JESUS NAME.

  7. J C Kingcade

    Prayer request for my one and only son Stephen: 1st grandchild, grandson, born on my father’s birthday December 31st, 1975 – salvation, healing of his mind, body and soul, guidance and direction to lead him home. God’s hand has kept him for a purpose and a reason. May he find the joy and peace he so desperately needs. May he seek and find that which only God can give: EVERLASTING LIFE. In Jesus name. Amen.

    • Amen, Sis Kingcade. I am going to pray for your son and your grandchildren. I pray that God sends someone to plant the word of God in their heart, encourage them, and remind them of what a faithful Father our God is. Praying that their faith and love in God would be completely restored and that ministries would be birthed in their lives. In Jesus name, I believe.