Christmas - Peace - Day 13

Opening Prayer: 

Dear Lord, it is so easy during this busy Christmas season to send you “one-way bullet prayers.”  Help me see how to hear Your voice and feel Your peace through this passage of Scripture. In Your name, amen.

 

Read: Psalm 85:8-13 NIV

 “I will listen to what God the Lord says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants— but let them not turn to folly. Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land. Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other. Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven. The Lord will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest. Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps.”

 

Reflect: 

An old hymn goes like this: ”I must tell Jesus all of my trials.  I cannot bear these burdens alone.”  Should this be a picture of our prayer life? The ACTS acrostic—Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication is a good beginning guide for prayer. The problem is that it is still pretty much “Amen…. Over and Out!”  At that point we shouldn’t shut God off.

 The Psalmist gives another way to pray that will result in peace for his people.  I like the way the Message starts out in 8a. “I can’t wait to hear what he’ll say.  This is the opposite of my “I must tell Jesus” prayer. The psalmist is very excited to HEAR what God has to say to him. For us to do this we must have time to meditate on God’s Word and listen for His still small voice.  Elijah got this message from God when he was having a pity party.  In 1 Kings 19:11-12 (MSG) he got the message this way, “Then he was told, ‘Go, stand on the mountain at attention before GOD. GOD will pass by.’ A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before GOD, but GOD wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but GOD wasn’t in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but GOD wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper.”  We need quietness to hear God’s whispered instructions to us.

 Another chorus goes like this: “Blessed quietness, holy quietness, what assurance in my soul!  On the stormy sea He speaks peace to me, How the billows cease to roll!”  This is what happens when we listen to what He says to us promising peace to His people—faithful servants.

 

Apply:  

Several times during this season find a quiet spot, read through the Word, meditate on the it, and sit quietly and just listen for the still small voice of God in your soul.  You will be amazed at how peaceful you will feel.

 

Closing Prayer: 

Our Lord, help us to make time to sit in the quietness of Your presence and listen for Your voice.  In Your Son’s name, amen.

Today’s Family Christmas Calendar Activity:

Take a drive to look at Christmas lights.

Pick up a calendar at your campus. Learn more at ChristmasAtPathway.com

Terry Schneider