Prayer Tip: Preparing the Way for the King

Posted Dec 1, 2019

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Daily Scripture

Malachi 4:5-6

Look, I am sending Elijah the prophet to you,
before the great and terrifying day of the Lord arrives.
Turn the hearts of the parents to the children
and the hearts of the children to their parents.
Otherwise, I will come and strike the land with a curse.

Isaiah 40:3-9

A voice is crying out:

“Clear the Lord’s way in the desert!
Make a level highway in the wilderness for our God!
Every valley will be raised up,
and every mountain and hill will be flattened.
Uneven ground will become level,
and rough terrain a valley plain.
The Lord’s glory will appear,
and all humanity will see it together;
the Lord’s mouth has commanded it.”

Luke 1:5-17

During the rule of King Herod of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah. His wife Elizabeth was a descendant of Aaron. They were both righteous before God, blameless in their observance of all the Lord’s commandments and regulations. They had no children because Elizabeth was unable to become pregnant and they both were very old. One day Zechariah was serving as a priest before God because his priestly division was on duty. Following the customs of priestly service, he was chosen by lottery to go into the Lord’s sanctuary and burn incense. All the people who gathered to worship were praying outside during this hour of incense offering. An angel from the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw the angel, he was startled and overcome with fear.

The angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah. Your prayers have been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will give birth to your son and you must name him John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many people will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the Lord’s eyes. He must not drink wine and liquor. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before his birth. He will bring many Israelites back to the Lord their God. He will go forth before the Lord, equipped with the spirit and power of Elijah. He will turn the hearts of fathers back to their children, and he will turn the disobedient to righteous patterns of thinking. He will make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

Prayer Tip

New beginnings are exciting. New school years, new relationships, new adventures, the start of something new is wonderful because it is fresh and could be the beginning of something amazing. At the start of this Advent season we have a new beginning to focus on – the new beginning that changed all our lives forever. Every Advent is a chance to hear the best story and see what fresh insights it brings and how it impacts how we live our lives.

Last Christmas was very hard for me because I had just lost my mom, who had been battling an illness for two years. Knowing I would see my mom again in heaven was the only comfort to this pain. As I walked through Advent last year, I remembered this: This story is the reason I will get to see my mom again. This baby, who would grow into a man and bring joy and light into a dark world, is the only reason I get to have that hope. The Savior, who comforted me and carried me through the grief and loss of my mom, was born so we can live in hope knowing death is not the end.

As we begin our Advent season, try to listen, read and hear with fresh eyes. This story can speak and transform us if we open our ears and heart. Let us pray that the word will show us something new this season.

Dear God,

We are so grateful for the gift of your son. Even though some of us have heard this beloved story many times, help us to listen in new ways to what you are needing us to hear.

 - Ashly Cooley, Counseling & Support Ministries

Advent Family Activity

As a family, choose a special place in your home where you can pray together this Advent season. Consider creating an altar using a small table or fireplace mantle.

During the season of Advent, we are sharing ideas for family activities as we “Countdown to Christmas!” Each day includes a simple way for families to remember what Christmas is all about. See this post and others like it on our @churchoftherez Instagram.

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Ashly Cooley

Ashly Cooley

Ashly supports the Congregational Care ministry at Resurrection Leawood. She works primarily with our Counseling and Support ministries.

New beginnings are exciting. New school years, new relationships, new adventures, the start of something new is wonderful because it is fresh and could be the beginning of something amazing. At the start of this Advent season we have a new beginning to focus on – the new beginning that changed all our lives forever. Every Advent is a chance to hear the best story and see what fresh insights it brings and how it impacts how we live our lives.

Last Christmas was very hard for me because I had just lost my mom, who had been battling an illness for two years. Knowing I would see my mom again in heaven was the only comfort to this pain. As I walked through Advent last year, I remembered this: This story is the reason I will get to see my mom again. This baby, who would grow into a man and bring joy and light into a dark world, is the only reason I get to have that hope. The Savior, who comforted me and carried me through the grief and loss of my mom, was born so we can live in hope knowing death is not the end.

As we begin our Advent season, try to listen, read and hear with fresh eyes. This story can speak and transform us if we open our ears and heart. Let us pray that the word will show us something new this season.

Dear God,

We are so grateful for the gift of your son. Even though some of us have heard this beloved story many times, help us to listen in new ways to what you are needing us to hear.

Looking for GPS Guide? Scroll to the top of this page and click the GPS Guide tab!

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