The Gift of Immanuel With Us

Daily Reflections for Advent

Advent is a time of preparation. We prepare our hearts as we seek to focus on the real meaning of Christmas: Jesus’ life with us and in us. We are preparing our homes to reflect the joy of this season. We are preparing gifts for our loved ones. But, we are not the only ones preparing. God has been preparing Christmas Day for us, and it is this holy preparation that we anticipate.

Week 1

MON, DECEMBER 3 – WORSHIP Matthew 2:1-2, 10-11
Reflect: How are you preparing your heart to worship Jesus this Advent season?
Pray: 
Ask that the Lord would help you direct your attention and affection toward him.

TUES, DECEMBER 4 – HOPE Isaiah 9:6-7
Reflect: How does the prophetic description of the coming Child in Isaiah 9 give you hope in the present and for the future?
Pray: 
Pray that God would align your hopes with his plans.

WED, DECEMBER 5 – HUMILITY Philippians 2:3
Reflect: In what areas of life do you need to grow in humility?
Pray: Confess your pride to the Lord and ask for his help in growing in humility.

THURS, DECEMBER 6 – INCARNATION John 1:1-3, 14
Reflect: How does Jesus’ “becoming flesh” and “dwelling among us” reveal the glory of God?
Pray: Pray that, through Jesus, God would reveal his glory to those who don’t know him this Christmas season.

FRI, DECEMBER 7 – IMMANUEL Matthew 1:18-23
Reflect: Do you sense the presence of God in your life through Jesus and his Spirit?
Pray: Thank Jesus for leaving the glory of heaven so that he could be in an intimate relationship with you.

SAT, DECEMBER 8 – SUBMISSION Luke 1:26-38
Reflect: Are you ready to act as a servant of the Lord no matter what he may ask of you?
Pray: Tell God that you are his servant, and ask him to use you according to his will.

 

Week 2

MON, DECEMBER 10 – RELATIONSHIP  Luke 10:38-42

Reflect: How could you focus on doing things with Jesus rather than for him this advent season?
Pray: 
Tell Jesus about your desire to spend time with him.   

TUES, DECEMBER 11 – DISTRACTION  Hebrews 12:1-2

Reflect: What are the “weights” and “sins” that distract you from pursuing Jesus wholeheartedly?
Pray: 
Acknowledge these distractions to the Lord and fix your eyes on Jesus in prayer.

WED, DECEMBER 12 – LISTENING  1 Kings 19:11-13

Reflect: Do you actively try to listen to the Lord?
Pray: 
Ask the Lord to speak to you clearly.

THURS, DECEMBER 13 – OBEDIENCE  James 1:22-25
Reflect: 
What is the relationship between listening to the Word and doing what it says?
Pray: 
Ask God for an increased desire to listen to the Word of God and obey it.

FRI, DECEMBER 14 – ANXIETY  Matthew 6:31-34
Reflect: 
How might anxiety be an indication that you are not seeking the kingdom of God above all else?
Pray: 
Ask the Father to help you seek the kingdom of God as your first priority.

SAT, DECEMBER 15 – JOY  Luke 2:8-11
Reflect: 
How have you experienced joy in your relationship with Jesus?
Pray:
Ask the Lord for greater joy in him.

 

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