In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Lion of Judah | Genesis 48:15-16; 49:8-10
15 And he blessed Joseph and said,
“The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked,
the God who has been my shepherd all my life long to this day,
16 the angel who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the boys;
and in them let my name be carried on, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac;
and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.”
“Judah, your brothers shall praise you;
your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies;
your father's sons shall bow down before you.
9 Judah is a lion's cub;
from the prey, my son, you have gone up.
He stooped down; he crouched as a lion
and as a lioness; who dares rouse him?
10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah,
nor the ruler's staff from between his feet,
until tribute comes to him;
and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.
As You Pray Today
Pray for spiritual renewal and a deep sense of repentance / for the gifts and fruit of the Spirit in us.
Let Us Pray
Everlasting God, it’s Advent once again. We’ve eagerly waited for change, but it appears little has happened. Expand in me the great hope that one day I will be raised from this broken earth—changed in the blink of an eye—and that everything best and bruised, curdles and corrupted, in me and this world, will be transformed into lasting goodness, righteousness, and truth. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Blessing: Revelation 22:20-21
Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.
We pray that this Advent season will be a blessed time for you and your household as we remember Christ's first coming into this world as a child, and look with expectation to the day of his return to make all things new.
This reading plan is adapted from Jerram Barrs's Advent devotionals
and Seeking God's Face by Philip F. Reinders.