Week 48 Day 1
I. Prayer to enter the Lord’s presence:
Be still for a moment. “Lord, I give the day that is now past to you. It is yours. I give the day that is to come to you; help me to see where you are working and to join you there. Speak to me during these moments. I commit them and myself to you.”
II. Prayer of Confession:
“Lord, you are faithful to forgive me and cleanse me of my sin when I confess it to you. I confess my sin(s) of ______________. Thank you for forgiveness.” (1 John 1:9)
III. Prayer of Thanksgiving:
Choose to be thankful, speak out loud of what God has done.
“Thank you, Father, for _________________. Fill my heart and my mouth with gratitude throughout this day.”
IV. Scripture Reflection
14 Therefore, the Lord himself will give you a sign: See, the virgin will conceive, have a son, and name him Immanuel.
When we read Old Testament prophecy, the sign should always be read and understood on two levels – like looking at a mountain range of peaks. The first peak would have related directly to the situation in Isaiah’s time and the peaks further out would relate to future events. Isaiah’s prophecy would also be a foreshadowing a type of One who was yet to come, One who would be conceived by an actual virgin (Matthew 1:20), One who would truly fulfill the meaning of His name—“God with us.” The name Immanuel is found again in 8:8, and in 8:10 it is translated “God is with us.” The name is ultimately realized in Jesus, who as the incarnate Son of God was “God with us.”
Think about the name Immanuel. It captures the awe and wonder of the incarnation, and the unimaginable fact that the God of the universe entered the stream of time to become one with us. Think about the miracle of Jesus’ birth being foretold some 700 years before it was fulfilled. God was now “with us.” He would become one of us.
Take some time to think about what it means for you personally, that God is with you. Thank Him for His presence.
V. Prayer for others:
Pray specifically for the concerns of your life and the lives of others.
VI. Prayer of commitment:
“Lord God, I commit to love you with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my strength and with all my mind and to love my neighbor as myself. Empower me today to love you and others with everything that I am.” (Luke 10:27)
This Month’s Scripture Memory:
Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid him the iniquity of us all.