Advent & Christmastide Devotional
Week 1: Longing Day 3

Tue, Dec 5

Invitation – Psalm 130:5

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.

Scripture Reading – Genesis 3:1-7

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.

He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden?’” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

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

  • Grieve over our willful rebellion against God and the shame it has brought into our lives.
  • Confess how we continually fall into the temptation to take matters into our own hands.
  • Ask for God’s mercy and forgiveness.

Confessional Prayer – WSC 16 & 17

Righteous and Holy Lord, though you made all creation good, the sin of our forebearers, Adam and Eve, brought death, destruction, and misery. And we are not innocent in this, but stand guilty of this transgression. We are faithless, but you are forever faithful. Grant us your forgiveness for the sake of Christ and his blood. Amen.

Blessing – Psalm 130:7-8

O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.