Saturday, November 24, 2012
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Psalm 93, Daniel 7:1-8, 15-18, and John 3:31-36
John the Baptist bore witness to the Messiah, saying that “he who is from above is above all.” John’s ministry was wrapping up now that Jesus’ ministry was beginning; he would soon be arrested and later beheaded. John told his listeners that whomever believes in the Son has everlasting life.
Following Jesus isn’t easy, but the reward is great. There will be hardships. There will be humiliation. Jesus will change everything about you. But Jesus is working to mold you into his image – the image that we were created to be. There will be times when it seems tough. God gives us the strength we need.
Follow Jesus today. Write your own prayer.