Daily Prayer Guide: Friday Dec 25

REVELATION 5:1-10

Have you ever been…

so full of love that you burst out singing?

so overjoyed that you could not help but laugh?

so grieved that all you could do was sob?

so overwhelmed that you could not stand up?

God has made us – heart, mind, soul and body – to respond to Him.

Read and respond to God in Rev. 5:1-10:

Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?”  But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it.  I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.

What do you weep over? What do you see that causes you to despair? What feels impossible? Cry to God.

Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”  Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

Cup your hands like a bowl. Offer your prayers of thanks to God:

For his triumph and for his salvation through Jesus, the Lion of Judah, the Lamb who was slain

For his Spirit, who is present for us

For all the people of God who pray

For hearing our prayers

And they sang a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”

Sing a song to the One who sits on the throne and to the Lamb! Sing a song that someone else wrote! Sing a song from your heart that no one has every heard! Or use the words from Rev. 5 to loudly praise to our God!

The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

You, too.

Written by Becky Stephen

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