Advent & Christmastide Devotional
Week 3: Preparation Day 17

Tue, Dec 19

Invitation – Isaiah 40:3

A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”

Scripture Reading – Isaiah 42:1-9

Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law. Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it: “I am the Lord; I have called you in right­eousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols. Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.”

Dwelling

Thank and praise God for revealing himself to you. Read again, slowly this time. Ask the Holy Spirit to direct your prayers through the Word, leading you into a faithful and devoted response.

Guided Prayer

  • Thank God for his commitment to carrying out his perfect justice.
  • Be reassured that God will bring hope to the weak and the oppressed.
  • Anticipate the new things that God will bring.

Confessional Prayer – BHC 4

Oh Lord, the wealth and beauty of this world belong to you, and yet you give ear to the groans of the hungry, and the lament of the oppressed. This world is burdened with the weight of injustice, our commerce is tainted with false balances, our poor are crushed and mute. You have called us, as your image bearers, to take pity on the helpless, to speak for justice, to be the hands of mercy in this world. Hear our cry, oh Lord. Amen.

Blessing – Isaiah 40:8

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.