Daily Prayer Guide: Thursday Dec 17

Scripture Reading

Titus 3:4-8

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

Meditation

It is difficult to fathom grace in an instantly-gratified, upwardly-mobile society. We have been taught that we get what we earn. God shows us grace instead. Grace means that we get much more than we earn. We get salvation because of His sacrifice. We are saved not because of what we have done, but because God has chosen not to give us what we deserve, and that is mercy. The coming of Jesus Christ our Savior to the earth was not a whim but a plan of the Almighty to justify us in His Holy, Unblemished Presence. It was the Creator’s plan after the fall of man to give to us what we could not give ourselves—redemption. When Jesus came, he came not with the splendor or majesty that He was due, but he came with the humility and truth that characterizes our God. God loves us in our weakness, today as much as he ever has or will. That love, manifested in the coming of the human Jesus, is unwavering and unchanging. That love is powerful and revolutionary for our lives. The question is: What do we do with it? The answer: We devote ourselves to loving God and loving his people. What will that look like for you this Advent Season?

Reflection and Prayer

Read through the Titus 3 passage again: look at all the character traits of God, look at each of the actions that God performs. Say them aloud to yourself.

Consider what “washing, rebirth, and renewal” means in your life circumstances right now. The coming of Jesus meant a new start for our world; does it mean a new start for you?

The Christmas season provides us with unique opportunities to serve and love others: Ask God to open your eyes to those opportunities.

Written by Jaye Barbeau

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