Daily Prayer Guide: Sunday Dec 13

Scripture Reading

Ezekial 34: 20-27

Therefore, God, the Master, says: I myself am stepping in and making things right between the plump sheep and the skinny sheep. Because you forced your way with shoulder and rump and butted at all the weaker animals with your horns till you scattered them all over the hills, I’ll come in and save my dear flock, no longer let them be pushed around. I’ll step in and set things right between one sheep and another. I’ll appoint one shepherd over them all: my servant David. He’ll feed them. He’ll be their shepherd. And I, God, will be their God. My servant David will be their prince. I, God, have spoken. I’ll make a covenant of peace with them. I’ll banish fierce animals from the country so the sheep can live safely in the wilderness and sleep in the forest. I’ll make them and everything around my hill a blessing. I’ll send down plenty of rain in season—showers of blessing! The trees in the orchards will bear fruit, the ground will produce, they’ll feel content and safe on their land, and they’ll realize that I am God when I break them out of their slavery and rescue them from their slave masters.” [Translation from The Message, by Eugene Peterson]

Reflection and Prayer

We live in a world where we read, hear and see the term “peace” around every corner. The word can take on so many meanings and connotations that it becomes diluted, confusing and even trite. During this Advent season, may we seek to understand God’s covenant of peace and embrace that genuine peace as a tangible part of our daily lives. Today…

Thank God

  • for providing a true covenant of PEACE (Hebrew, shalom) through the life, death and resurrection of Christ
  • for being a shepherd of truth in our lives when the world seems vast, overwhelming and confusing
  • for stepping in, in the moments we feel confident and assured in our lives and faiths, and in the moments when we are so lost we don’t even realize that we’ve abandoned the rest of the flock

Ask God

  • to reveal areas in your life where you can find and embrace true shalom; places where you can step in and bring the peace you know because of God and where you can shower others with blessings because of the prevailing sense of God’s peace in your heart

Today Expect

  • that finding peace within yourself, within your relationships with others and within the world will be a challenging and sometimes exhausting task; trust that God will equip you with the wisdom, energy and compassionate spirit needed to continue pursuing peace despite any struggles

Written by Mariah Lefeber

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