Daily Advent Devotion Saturday, December 7

Saturday, December 7, 2013 – Psalm 122; Amos 5:18-27; Jude 17-25 and Matthew 22:15-22

Jude 17-25 – 17But you, beloved, must remember the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18for they said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, indulging their own ungodly lusts.” 19It is these worldly people, devoid of the Spirit, who are causing divisions. 20But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit; 21keep yourselves in the love of God; look forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.

Friends during this season of Advent, during our entire life we are to build ourselves up on the most holy faith. We’re to keep our focus upon Jesus who came and who promises that he will come again. Secondly we are to pray in the Holy Spirit. Often times it is in our silence that we are praying in the Holy Spirit for in our silence we truly let the Spirit pray for us and speak to us.

The passage from Jude also calls for us to keep ourselves in the love of God. There is a form of prayer called centering prayer. Here’s a brief description of centering prayer.

The Guidelines

1. Choose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within.

2. Sitting comfortably and with eyes closed, settle briefly and silently introduce the sacred word as the symbol of your consent to God’s presence and action within.

3. When engaged with your thoughts*, return ever-so-gently to the sacred word.

4. At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes.

*thoughts include body sensations, feelings, images, and reflections

Here’s a link to a website that more fully describes Centering Prayer and a couple of other modes of prayer.

http://www.centeringprayer.com/centering_prayer.html

Here’s a song for Advent, that I discovered during my devotional time this morning. Enjoy.

Advent – Waiting in silence, waiting in hope.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-9s_oG4W9U

O Lord, during this time of Advent may we once again seek to center ourselves in you and abide in you as you came to abide in us. May you be our center, so we can truly seek to love you, serve you and glorify you. Amen.

Psalm 122 – Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you.
Peace be within your walls,
and security within your towers.”

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