Archive for November, 2009

Praying through Advent – Eighth Day of Advent – Malachi 3:1

Malachi 3:1 – See I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come into his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight – indeed, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.

Journeys often have a purpose, getting from point A to point B being the most obvious. As you enter the second week of Advent, the scriptures challenge you to consider another reason for making a journey, and that is to deliver a message. This week, consider your role as a messenger for God.

Prayer
Almighty God, walk with me this week as I consider the words and actions which communicate the message I am sending about your kingdom. AMEN.

Picture for the Third Sunday of Advent – Luke 3:8

“Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham.”

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Praying through Advent – Seventh Day of Advent – Psalm 24:4

Psalm 24:4 – Make me know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.

You have started a journey this week. Whether your walk has been physical, metaphorical or a mixture of both, you have been engaged in a conversation with God to help draw you closer to God’s plan for you. Rejoice today in your progress, even if it seems insignificant.

Prayer
God of wonder, you can make the faith of a mustard seed do amazing things. Continue walking beside me as I continue in my journey toward you. AMEN.

Praying through Advent – Sixth Day of Advent – Luke 21:34

Luke 21:34 – Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly.

Part of healthy living is learning to live with moderation. In this passage, moderation allows you to see God’s plan more clearly. Consider an excess in your life as you journey today. Is this excess separating you from God?

Prayer
Loving God, I have created some obstacles that obstruct my view of you. Give me the strength to overcome these self-made barriers. AMEN.

Praying through Advent – Fifth Day of Advent – Luke 21:28

Luke 21:28 – Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.

Lower your head as though you are in prayer, then raise your head as though you are seeing the glory of God. If this motion feels comfortable to you, repeat it today as you pray to God.

Prayer
God of mystery, I raise my head toward you that I might see you more clearly. AMEN.

Praying through Advent – Fourth Day of Advent – 1 Thessalonians 3:11

1 Thessalonians 3:11 – Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you.

Prayers to God often are often open-ended requests for direction. In today’s passage, Apostle Paul is asking God to lead him to specific people. There is at least one person in your life who needs your presence. Consider that person and pray today that God will provide a way to lead you to him or her.

Prayer
Merciful God, while I am trying to walk where you lead, I ask today that you lead me to this person who is weighing heavy on my heart and provide me a way to offer this person comfort. AMEN.

Healthy Holiday Traditions

My coworkers at Church Health Center have written an article on HopeandHealing.org that offers 10 suggestions for creating a healthier holiday season for you and your family.


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