Thursday in the First Week of Advent
+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!
Opening Sentence – (In the preparation days of Celtic Advent)
+ We have waited long for You. Deep has been our darkness.
+ We long for You to shine right here among us where we are.
+ We will not fear the shadows that surround us if only You will come among us!
+ We wait for the sound of a cry in the night, the joy that follows pain, the coming of hope.
Reading: Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27 (NLT)
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in people. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.
Open for me the gates where the righteous enter, and I will go in and thank the Lord. These gates lead to the presence of the Lord, and the godly enter there. I thank you for answering my prayer and giving me victory!
Please, Lord, please save us. Please, Lord, please give us success. Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord. The Lord is God, shining upon us. Take the sacrifice and bind it with cords on the altar.
Reading: Isaiah 26:1-6 (NLT)
In that day, everyone in the land of Judah will sing this song:
Our city is strong! We are surrounded by the walls of God’s salvation.
Open the gates to all who are righteous; allow the faithful to enter. You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock. He humbles the proud and brings down the arrogant city. He brings it down to the dust. The poor and oppressed trample it underfoot, and the needy walk all over it.
Reading: Matthew 7:21, 24-27 (NLT)
“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.”
“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”
Faithful God: You are good; Your love endures forever.
+ Thank You for Your trustworthiness
+ Thank You for Your protection in times of trouble
+ Thank You for answering my prayers
+ Thank You for giving me victory over my enemies
Saving God: You are my eternal Rock; You are my Redemption; You are my Strong Deliverer.
+ Thank You for welcoming me into Your presence
+ Thank You for enveloping me with Your safety and peace
+ Keep me faithful to You – that I may trust You in all things
+ Keep my thoughts fixed on You – that I may live humbly before You
+ I believe that Jesus Christ is my only Lord and Savior
+ I believe that You raised Him from the dead and that He will return in glory
+ May Your Kingdom come, Your will be done in me – while I wait patiently for His return
+ May I listen to Your teaching and follow it today – that my life may withstand the storms of this world
Lord, give me an open heart and an obedient spirit. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
“Trust In You” – Lauren Daigle
Make your heart ready for the King of Glory to come in. Pray: come dwell among us and be my peace today.
+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holly Spirit. Amen!