Advent & Christmastide Devotional
Week 3: Preparation Day 18

Wed, Dec 20

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 – Daniel 7:9-14

As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire. A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened. “I looked then because of the sound of the great words that the horn was speaking. And as I looked, the beast was killed, and its body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire. As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time. I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.”

Dwelling

What does this passage awaken in you? Stop and ask God about the response this passage has caused in you. Ask him to help you as you explore your emotions, doubts, concerns, and fears. Let God’s Holy Spirit assure you of the truth.

Guided Prayer

  • Thank God for his power and holiness.
  • Recollect that evil will not reign forever.
  • Await a Kingdom that will not be destroyed.

Confessional Prayer – WSC 102

You have been and always will be. Your Kingdom will go on forever, in perfect peace and unity. We thank you for your holiness, which will not allow evil to win. Give us perseverance in the present day, and fill our hearts with anticipation for the fulfillment of your justice. Amen.

Blessing – Isaiah 40:8

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