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On longing for the King to come again.

Tuesday | December 20

Psalm 130:5-8 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.


To wait for the Lord means that there is a hope that cannot be satisfied in this moment. To wait for the Lord means that there is a longing that cannot be helped in this world. If you feel like something is missing - it’s because it is. This is why we must guard our hopes. We must make sure not to fill that God-shaped hole in our hearts with politics, sex, money, success, social media attention, or anything else. Remember that your restlessness has meaning. It teaches you about the King that is coming. Guard that as a holy discontentment. And don’t let something lesser trick you into temporary relief. You were meant to stay up the night watching for the King.

Morning Kneeling Prayer

Father, I pray that I would

enter this day as your Son

entered the world, full of love

and hope.


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.

The Common Rule - Advent Edition! is a seasonal version of The Common Rule which provides a set of daily and seasonal practices for celebrating the King that has come and waiting for the King that will come again.
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