In some traditions, Epiphany (January 6) commemorates the wise men (Magi) finding and worshiping Jesus. The story found in Matthew 2 is a sign of the fulfillment of all nations worshiping the Messiah (see Psalm 72 for example).
Here are a few ways to pray from the story of the wise men:
- Ask God to connect the wisdom of various cultures to the Truth. How did the wise men know the star meant the king of the Jews had been born? This was something arranged by God. There are individuals and people groups who God has been preparing to encounter Christ in unique ways.
- Pray that diaspora brothers and sisters will help re-focus those who have been distracted. Herod, the chief priests and scribes knew the prophecies but they did not seem to pay attention until the wise men stirred them up. Today, immigrants vibrantly walking with God are moving into many places where churches have been losing vitality. Pray that these churches will listen to their brothers and sisters.
- Pray that God will speak through dreams and visions. We don’t know what happened to the wise men when they returned to their country, but we do know that they listened when God spoke to them in a dream. There are countless testimonies of people — even ones who were staunchly opposed to Christianity — starting to follow Jesus after a dream or vision.
- Pray that God will give us the courage and determination to joyfully bring Him the honor He deserves among the nations. The wise men dedicated their time, energy and resources to journey to meet the new King. When they found Jesus, who had been born in a manger and was being raised by a village carpenter, they could not contain their joy. How much more might we — who know of His life on earth, His death & resurrection and His Spirit — joyfully dedicate ourselves!