Beginning on Sunday, November 29, our verse-by-verse study will focus upon prophesies and promises of Advent. This week we focus upon the prophesy of preparation.
Sunday, November 29
Isaiah 40:3 A voice of one calling “In the desert prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.
Prayer: O God, we live in a spiritual desert and we ask that you bring life anew.
Thought for the day: In the desert a single drop of water may mean life or death for flora and fauna.
Monday, November 30
Isaiah 40:4 Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain.
Prayer: Jesus, within our hearts may we begin today to make a place for your coming.
Thought for the day: Landing planes on the deck of an aircraft carrier requires that the pilots not ignore the pitch of the sea.
Tuesday, December 1
Malachi 3:1 See I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire will come, says the Lord Almighty.
Prayer: Jesus, give us a heart to receive the message of your prophets before your coming.
Thought for the day: Those who show up for the announced review sessions are rarely surprised on the day of the final exam.
Wednesday, December 2
Luke 1:16, 17 Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous – to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
Prayer: O God, we confess our need for a John the Baptist is as great today as it was almost two thousand years ago.
Thought for the day: Tent revivals with sawdust trails may be a thing for days gone by, but spiritual revival is a thing for days to come.
Thursday, December 3
Luke 1:41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
Prayer: Jesus, our spirits leap within us when we think of the promise of your coming.
Thought for the day: John and Jesus were maternally related to each other.
Friday, December 4
Luke 2:76, 77 And you my child will be called a prophet of the Most High, for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins.
Prayer: O God, may the blessings we pronounce on our children bring honor and praise to you.
Thought for the day: How carefully we would choose our words, if we knew our youth would grow up to fulfill our prophesies.
Saturday, December 5
Luke 3:15,16 The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Christ. John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
Prayer: Jesus, help us see beyond the men and women who share your message to see you.
Thought for the day: John was a preacher of unmatched success, but he never lost his humility before Jesus.