Advent Week 1, Day 2

Read the scriptures, looking for words to pray and words to treasure. (Links to the scriptures are here.)

Psalm 80

Isaiah 63:16-19; 64:1-7

I Corinthians 1:3-9

Mark 13:33-37

Psalm 80 is a lament, a prayer that expresses despair and a cry for deliverance. Lamenting is an aspect of prayer that is invaluable in dark times. The words of a psalm can help you express your own emotions as you cry out to God.

Isaiah 63:  Isaiah is not saying that God forced his people to sin, but that he let them experience the consequences of their sin. Isaiah shows his readers how to pray for God’s deliverance, with a repentant heart and confidence in God’s power.

I Corinthians 1:3-9 gives us hope that God’s faithfulness will sustain us in dark seasons.

Mark 13:33-37:  How does the awareness that Jesus will return change the way you live now?

My treasure from today’s readings is the fact that God has called us into fellowship with his Son Jesus.

…You are our Redeemer from ages past. (Isaiah 63:16b NLT)
…How can people like us be saved? We are all infected and impure with sin.
When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags.
Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall,
and our sins sweep us away like the wind. (Isaiah 64:5b-6 NLT)
Oh that you would burst from the heavens and come down!
(Isaiah 64:1 NLT)
Turn us again to yourself, O God. Make your face shine down upon us.
Only then will we be saved. (Psalm 80:3 NLT)
Revive us so we can call on your name once more. (Psalm 80:18b NLT)
…You wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (I Corinthians 1:7b-9)
Be on guard, keep awake! (Mark 13:33)

Lord Jesus, in these verses I see an awareness of sin and a longing for revival. Lord, these are my desires also. Keep me on guard and awake to your voice, eager to fellowship with you.

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