Friday, December 09, 2016

What More Can We Desire?

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
This, this is he, on whom the Lord
shall show'r his blessings down,
who God his Savior shall vouchsafe
with righteousness to crown.
 —Psalm 24:5
Suggested tune: Ich Singe Dir (CM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.
—Luke 1:49
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
True, there is one point in which we cannot be compared to Mary literally. She was to be the mother of the human nature of our Lord; but there is a parallel case in each one of us in which a higher mystery—a more spiritual mystery—gives us a like privilege: for, behold, the Holy Ghost dwells in each believer. He lives within us as within a temple, and reigns within us as in a palace. If we be partakers of the Holy Ghost, what more can we desire by way of favor from God, and what greater honor can be bestowed upon us? It was by her that the Word became incarnate, but so also is it by us, for we can make God’s Word stand out visibly in our lives. It is ours to turn into actual, palpable existence among humanity the glorious Spirit of grace and truth which we find in the Word of God.
—Charles Spurgeon
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
Father of love, through your most Holy Spirit, Mary conceived your Son. May his beauty, his humanity, and his all-transforming grace be born in us, and may we never despise the strange and stirring gentleness of your almighty power...
—A New Zealand Prayer Book
 
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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