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Daily Prayer - 2012-11-29


Lord, you are always there
waiting for me. 
May I never be too busy to
find time to spend in your presence.


Lord, you created me to live in freedom.
May your Holy Spirit guide me to follow you freely.
Instil in my heart a desire
To know and love you more each day.


Knowing that God loves me unconditionally,
I look honestly over the last day, its events and my feelings.
Do I have something to be grateful for? Then I give thanks.
Is there something I am sorry for? Then I ask forgiveness.

The Word of God

Luke 21:20-28

'When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those inside the city must leave it, and those out in the country must not enter it; for these are days of vengeance, as a fulfilment of all that is written. Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing infants in those days! For there will be great distress on the earth and wrath against this people; they will fall by the edge of the sword and be taken away as captives among all nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. 'There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see "the Son of Man coming in a cloud" with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.'

Some thoughts on today's scripture

  • Again there is a bringing together of two events: the destruction of Jerusalem and the coming of the Son of Man. One happens within history, the other marks the end of history. Notice how aware Jesus is of the horrors of war, especially how the innocent and vulnerable suffer.
  • The Second Coming will be announced by strange cosmic happenings. These will cause terror and confusion among all earth's peoples. But believers need have no fear. Indeed, they are to "stand up and raise their heads" because Christ's coming is the final stage of their redemption (or liberation). They actually desire his coming. "The one who testifies to these things says, 'Surely I am coming soon'. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!" (Rev.22:20). Is this my desire today? Do I long to be with him?


I begin to talk to Jesus about the piece of scripture I have just read.
What part of it strikes a chord in me? Perhaps the words of a friend - or some story I have heard recently - will slowly rise to the surface in my consciousness. If so, does the story throw light on what the scripture passage may be trying to say to me?


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning,
is now and ever shall be,
world without end.


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