Saturday, December 03, 2016

The Glad Obedience of Heaven

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
Bless'd be Jehovah, mighty Lord,
the God whom Isr'el fears;
who only wondrous in his works
beyond compare appears.
 —Psalm 72:18
Suggested tune: Winchester Old (CM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.
—Matthew 3:2
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The gleam and purity of lofty spiritual ideas are soon darkened, as a film forms on quicksilver after short exposure. John’s contemporaries thought that the kingdom of heaven meant exclusive privileges, and their rule over the heathen. They had all but lost the thought that it meant first God’s rule over their wills, and their harmony with the glad obedience of heaven. They had to be rudely shaken out of their self-complacency and taught that the livery of the King was purity, and the preparation for his coming, penitence.
—Alexander Maclaren
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
Teach me the true meaning of repentance, Lord, and then help me to truly repent...
 
YOUR OWN PRAYERS
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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