IF I WERE SATAN, I WOULD DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO INTERRUPT AND SLOW THE PRAYER LIFE OF THE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS. I WOULD ATTACK THE MOST IMPORTANT CHRISTIAN WEAPON WITH ALL MY STRENGTH - PRAYERS! I BREAK INTO THEIR PRAYER CHAMBERS..
For me, it a time of anticipation, both public and private, a time to remember the past, remember and rejoice that Christ came into this world to teach us how to live. To teach and demonstrate to us that it is possible to live a life of love.
The gifts of the Spirit are given to the church for the GENERAL good, which is a prerequisite for the use of the gifts in the ways indicated in the scriptures. Not for the sake of self-improvement, but for the benefit of the church and society.
Yes, it is interesting how man-made! In fact, it is such a great gift of God's grace that we yearn and seek relationships, friendships: real, intimate, and true friendships that won't disappoint or give up! We can all have a HUGE POTENTIAL to become good and sincere friends for each other!
Some ministries are visible and some are behind the scenes, but all are equally valuable. Small ministries often make the greatest difference.