Advent & Christmastide Devotional
Week 3: Preparation Day 19

Thur, Dec 21

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 – Luke 1:26-38

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

Dwelling

Pause and remind yourself that God is a Father who loves and instructs his children. Ask God what he might be teaching you through his word. How might God be stirring your heart to respond to him today?

Guided Prayer

  • Thank God for bestowing favor on his people.
  • Be reminded that nothing is impossible for God.
  • Anticipate the birth of Jesus, the Son of the Most High God.

Confessional Prayer – WSC 22

God, we praise you for your power and wisdom, and for your love that led you to enter into our world as a humble infant. Your power and love know no physical or spiritual limitation! May we rest in awe of you and eagerly watch for you, both in our daily lives and for your second coming. And grant us to grasp more deeply this year than ever before the magnitude and significance of your incarnation. Amen.

Blessing – Isaiah 40:8

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