Expect Christ: Day 14

Today is Saturday, Dec. 10, the fourteenth day in the Advent season.

Morning

Praise and Thanksgiving. Let’s begin by prayerfully reading Psalm 41. There’s no doubt Jesus cared deeply for those on the margins of society, offering them healing grace.

Let’s also pray these words:

“Lord, if we are to glorify you, we need the courage to go among those who struggle to acquire their most basic needs. Enlarge our circle of praise, Lord; help us find brothers and sisters in Christ in unusual places. Thank you for the resources we have. Amen.”

Confession. Let’s search our hearts, recognize our sins, confess them to the Lord, and accept forgiveness.

Petitions. As we pray for others, and ultimately, ourselves, where are we actually the answer to prayers?

Scripture: 1 Samuel 2:1-8. Hannah knew God could and would turn the world upside down.

Silence.

Noon

Let’s continue to pray this prayer together daily:

“Lord, we have entered a season of expectation. We remember the Israelites’ past desire for a savior to arrive, and we mirror what they felt as we long now for the return of Jesus Christ. Come Lord Jesus, come! We pray this with some trepidation, knowing we never feel completely ready for such a day, and that loved ones around us may not be ready. And yet we continue to pray, Come Lord Jesus, come! We trust that your grace at your return will so overwhelm sin and death that all will be set right. As we pray for your full arrival, teach us how to make ourselves ready, living as watchful people. Amen.”

Night

At a minimum, let’s spend some significant time in a quiet, reflective state before retiring for the night. Embrace the day’s spiritual victories and release the failures.

If you want to start a conversation about Christian meditation techniques, use the Comments section.

Sleep well, and as you drift off, ponder this. Where would you invite God to turn your world upside down?

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