Before you begin, meditate on this thought: Christ in me, the hope of glory.
Heavenly Father how grateful I am for Christ Jesus in whom all of Your fullness, the fullness of the Deity, lives in bodily form. Because of my faith in Him, I have been given “fullness in Christ” who is the head over every power and authority! Thank You for this great mystery—“Christ in me the hope of glory”! Thank You for the Holy Spirit, given to me as a deposit, a guarantee of what is to come!
And now Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit, I ask that you strengthen me to live as one who has died to my earthly nature, for my life is hidden with Christ in You. May I therefore set my heart on things above, not on earthly things, for surely Jesus, who is my life will soon appear. Make me ready Lord! Renew me in knowledge of You and remind me continually that Christ is all, and in all. (Pause and ask the Holy Spirit to show you what things have captured your heart and taken Christ’s place as Lord of All in your life.)
As one of Your chosen people, holy and dearly loved, may my life be clothed with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Help me to forgive others as You Lord Jesus, have forgiven me. And may Your peace rule in my heart. (Pause and ask that greater evidence of the Holy Spirit would be seen in the way you live. Consider what areas of your life lack peace. Invite Jesus to rule over these. Ask Him to fill you with His peace.)
This day I ask You Wonderful Counselor, that You open my heart and mind that I might understand in a deeper way the great mystery that Christ lives in my heart by faith. Reveal to me I pray the treasures of wisdom and knowledge that are found in Him.
Mighty God, as this truth lands on my heart and takes root, may I truly live and move and have my being in You alone. May Your power, the same power that raised Christ from the dead, that is in me, be lived out of life!
Everlasting Father may my trust in You increase as I walk in this great truth–that Christ is in me, the Holy Spirit is mine, and You will never leave me or forsake me.
Prince of Peace because You are in me, I ask that You guard my heart and mind and fill me with Your peace. For it is written that Your peace in not like what the world tries to give. This day I choose to not be troubled or afraid.
Father I ask that You renew my mind according to the truth of Your Word that because of Christ Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit, You are with me, You are for me, You are at work through me, and You are in me. May my life be continually transformed as I walk Your ways. In the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, Emmanuel, Amen.
(Colossians 2:9-10; Colossians 1:27; 2 Corinthians 5:5; Colossians 3:1-15; Isaiah 9:6; Ephesians 3:17; Colossians 2:3; Ephesians 1:19-20; John 14:27; Matthew 1:23; Romans 8:31; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19)
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Focus on Jn. 15:1-17 for the next few days. Praise your Father, who is the gardener of your soul. Thank Jesus for being the true vine which nourishes and gives life to the branches. Confess moments when you’ve tried to sever your relationship to Jesus in some way. Commit yourself to welcoming God’s pruning in your life despite the pain it might bring. Ask God to make you more fruitful as you live for him.
Ask that your fruit-bearing will be attractive to unsaved people you know. Pray that they will “taste [of that fruit] and see that the LORD is good” (Ps. 34:8).
“God rules the world through the prayers of his people.” —Anonymous
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend
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Advent – Day 24
“He answered: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Luke 10:27).
Lord, prepare our hearts to be loving. There is no other like You. Your Word says that to love You with all of our heart and soul and strength and mind is the most important thing. We are also to love one another deeply, from our hearts. Father, help us to love our neighbors as ourselves as we wait for the coming of the Christ Child. (See also: Matthew 22:37-38; Mark 12:32-33; 1 Peter 1:22-23)
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