December 2 Devotional
Come to Stillness: Take a few minutes to allow your mind and heart to be still before God.
Opening Prayer: My God, since You are with me, and since it is Your will that I should apply my mind to these outward things, I pray that You will give me the grace to remain with You and keep company with You. But so that my work may be better, Lord, work with me; receive my work and possess all my affections. (The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence)
Scripture Reading for the Day: Ephesians 5:8-21
Reading for Reflection: At the beginning of her course the Church looks out towards Eternity, and realizes her own poverty and imperfection and her utter dependence on this perpetual coming of God.
Advent is, of course, first of all a preparation for Christmas; which commemorates God’s saving entrance into history in the Incarnation of Jesus Christ.
Whilst all things were in quiet silence and night
was in the midst of her swift course: thine Almighty
Word leapt down from heaven out of thy royal throne.
A tremendous spiritual event then took place; something which disclosed the very nature of God and his relation to His universe. But there was little to show for it on the surface of life. All men saw was a poor girl unconditionally submitted to God’s Will, and a baby born in difficult circumstances. And this contrast between the outward appearance and the inner reality is true of all the comings of God to us. We must be very loving and very alert if we want to recognize them in their earthly disguise. Again and again He comes and the revelation is not a bit what we expect. (The Fruits of the Spirit by Evelyn Underhill)
Reflection and Listening: silent and written
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Leoma Gilley works for Wycliffe Bible Translators and is responsible for developing university-level, accredited training in linguistics, literacy, Bible translation, Scripture use, anthropology and language assessment (survey) to people across Africa. Leoma asks that you pray for the new i-DELTA cohort students and staff.
Young Life Europe is an organization that pursues and befriends teenagers to introduce them to Jesus. Jim McNamee is the Western Europe Regional Director and Barbara works on the regional staff. They direct and supervise YL staff in five countries: Belgium, France, Holland, Portugal, and Spain. Working from Madrid, they are responsible for both the national and international school works in those countries. Pray today for Jim and Barbara and their extended family.
Closing Prayer: O Lord, my God, help me to live my life in you. Wake me up minute-by-minute, day-by-day, to your presence within me and around me. Wake me up to your love and to your care, to your voice and to your Spirit. Help me to come all awake within, and when I finally do, help me to find myself in your loving arms.