Saturday, December 1, 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 25:1-10, Nehemiah 9:26-31, and Luke 21:20-24
Jesus is prophesying the fall of Jerusalem, which occurred in 70CE. He is giving them advance warning so they are not surprised by it. He’s not trying to scare them, merely warn them. “Things are about to get tough, but hold firm because God is with you.”
Ask God to take away your fears. Ask him to help you be obedient to his commands. Ask him to help you prepare for Jesus’ coming. Write your own prayer.