WEEK 3: FREEDOM & SLAVERY
“He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives.”
Tuesday | December 14
Romans 15:4-13 As it is written, "Therefore I will praise thee among the Gentiles, and sing to thy name”; and again it is said, "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people”; and again, "Praise the Lord, all Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise him”; and further Isaiah says, "The root of Jesse shall come, he who rises to rule the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles hope.” May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
God is coming to be our king, our ruler. If you may balk at this suggestion of his authority, think about how we actually long so deeply for a good ruler. Think about how much time and ink is spent rightfully lamenting those people in power who act selfishly and unjustly. Think of how we physically and mentally suffer under their unjust acts. But Jesus will be a better king, the one for whom we have always longed. He is the king who sets captives free to be human and flourish. Pray today that you would long for no other kingdom but the kingdom of God, and that you would put your hope in no other king but Jesus the king.
Morning Kneeling Prayer
Father, I pray that I would
enter this day as your Son
entered the world, full of love
Midday Kneeling Prayer
Jesus, I pray that I would be present in my work as you were present in this world, full of humility and service.
Evening Kneeling Prayer
Holy Spirit, I pray that I would be at peace in my rest knowing that you came to bring peace to the world, and will one day bring rest to all things. Amen.