“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. Pray for me, that God give me clear directions.. pray for my children to be saved, lacretia, lashawn, shalika, Edward, Avery!!

  2. Jeanetta Wilson

    Please pray for my niece, Sarah. I know when we pray something happens.

  3. Please pray for my 3 boys to return to God. Also, I have some personal unspoken requests. Thank you for your encouragement and willingness to pray.

  4. Sis Overton, I would love to have you take my daughter Sarah to our father in prayer. She is battling a drug addiction. She has 3 children that desperately need her now. I know God is able and we have put her in his hands. Thank you and I absolutely appreciate and love your devotions. God bless you. Merry Christmas!

  5. For my prodigal daughter, Sarah, to return to.God.

  6. Alice Morales

    I’m prayer request is how do I get though my Adult children. Some service the Lord but are not walking according to the word. I want them to really catch the reason for our celebration of Christmas?