Mon., December 19, 2016
Judges 13:2-7, 24-25a; Luke 1:5-25
But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall name him John.” – Lk 1:13
Where in my life do I see how God has surprised me?
Lord, help me to see your presence in my life. Help me to see all the wonderful things you do for me. Grant me the strength to accept those things you do as a surprise for me.
Tues., December 20, 2016
Isaiah 7:10-14; Luke 1:26-38
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her. – Lk 1:38
Am I accepting of God’s presence within me?
Lord, help me to be more pleasing in your sight. Help me to welcome you into myself at all times. Never let me be found unworthy of your presence within.
Wed., December 21, 2016
Song of Songs 2:8-14 or Zephaniah 3:14-18a; Luke 1:39-45
Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled. – Lk 1:45
What have I seen come to pass in my life that God promised?
Lord, show me your working within me. Help me to understand how you have worked in my life at all times. Grant me a greater understanding of your ways.
Thurs., December 22, 2016
1 Samuel 1:24-28; Luke 1:46-56
“And Mary said: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” – Lk 1:47
How do I express joy in God in my life?
Lord, help me to express my joy in all you do in my life. Grant me the courage to outwardly express that joy at all times. You are the greatest joy in my life.
Fri., December 23, 2016
Malachi 3:1-4, 23-24; Luke 1:57-66
Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God. – Lk 1:64
When Zechariah could once again speak, he immediately gave public praise to God. How do I give public praise to God in my life?
Lord, help me to better praise you in my life. Grant me the courage to publicly praise you regardless of the circumstances. You are deserving of all my praise.