A Simple Advent Reading Series
From the Gospel According to Matthew*
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 Three – The Messianic Prophesies are Fulfilled in Jesus
Sunday, December 14, 2014 – The Third Sunday In Advent
Matthew 3:3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’”
Prayer: God our Father, we thank you for the prophetic voices that have called us to prepare for your coming.
Thought for the day: All God’s traffic signals are working.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Matthew 11:4-5 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.”
Prayer: O Jesus, your ministry was a miraculous ministry. Work your miracles in our lives so that we might live more perfectly with you.
Thought for the day: The miracle of vision and the vision of miracles are both gifts of God.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Matthew 8:16-17 When evening came, many were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, as you have done in days past may you today grant your blessing among us today. Heal our sick and suffering, give clarity of mind to the confused, and cast out the devilish spirits from our young and old.
Thought for the day: Jesus is the great physician.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Matthew 12:20-21 A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he leads justice to victory. In his name the nations will put their hope.
Prayer: Oh God, the Spirit of Christ was a humble Spirit, a servant Spirit. May the life of Your Son teach us how to live.
Thought for the day: To say the name, Jesus, is to speak a prayer.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Matthew 21:46 They looked for a way to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd because the people held that he was a prophet.
Prayer: Jesus, the world fought against you until the bitter end. We pray that all your workers – teachers, ministers, preachers, missionaries – will all be blessed by your courage and commitment to God’s will.
Thought for the day: Those who serve our Lord as missionaries deserve our respect and prayers.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Matthew 21:42 Jesus said to them, “have you never read in the scriptures: “’the stone the builder rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this and it is marvelous in our eyes.’?
Prayer: Almighty God, today it is happening all over again. Men and women reject your Son. May we never give cause for another to doubt that your son is the loving Savior of the world.
Thought for the day: Many earthly choices we make are trivial, but the one heavenly choice we should make is without comparison.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Matthew 27:46 About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Prayer: Jesus, Son of God, we are troubled by the words of the Psalmist you repeated on the cross. It was prophesied and it came to pass that you took upon yourself the burden of our sin. How can we say thanks?
Thought for the day: No weight conditioning can prepare us to carry the burden of sin.