A Simple Advent Reading Series — Week One — November 30 to December 6

A Simple Advent Reading Series
From the Gospel According to Matthew*

4. Advent

Introduction: This simple Advent reading series provides a daily reading of one or two verses from the Gospel of Matthew for each of the twenty-eight days commonly known as the Advent season. A simple prayer accompanies the reading for the day. Readers are encouraged to investigate the passage of scripture where the daily verses are found.

Advent Theme for Week One – The King is Coming

Sunday, November 30, 2014 – The First Sunday in Advent
Matthew 21:5 “Say to the Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”
Prayer: Jesus, we remember that you were declared a King. Reign in our hearts and homes today.
Thought for the day: One day one King will rule over all humanity.

Monday, December 1, 2014
Matthew 6:10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Prayer: Our Father, with fear and longing we pray that your kingdom come on earth. May you be pleased to dwell among us today.
Thought for the day: Life on earth can be heavenly when we do the will of God.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Matthew 12:25 Jesus knew their thought and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.”
Prayer: Jesus, may we unite our hearts with you in devotion to all that is good and pure and holy.
Thought for the day: When we join forces with God for good, divine power accompanies our effort.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Matthew 4:17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
Prayer: God, our Father in heaven, we repent of our waywardness and our failures to value all that you hold dear. Restore to us a right mind and spirit.
Thought for the day: Repentance is a godly work that holds the promise of restoration.

Thursday, December 4, 2014
Matthew 7:21 Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Prayer: God, our heavenly Father, let us know and do your will that we might truly call Jesus our Lord.
Thought for the day: We can choose to be numbered with those who say or those who do.

Friday, December 5, 2014
Matthew 18:4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Prayer: Jesus, we pray that your servant heart will be our heart. Let us exalt you as we serve one another in love.
Thought for the day: The wonder of an innocent child is a blessing to behold.

Saturday, December 6, 2014
Matthew 13:41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.
Prayer: O Lord Jesus, the end of all time approaches. Only by your grace will we be ready.
Thought for the day: It may not be today, but there will be a day of reckoning.

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