PREPARE TO LISTEN
Light a candle and pray: O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD!
Request for Presence: Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.
Be still and silent. Be aware of and then let go all distractions, both those from within (concerns about the day, etc) and those from without (uncontrollable noises).
READ Romans 13:11-14
Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarrelling and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
‘You know what times it is.’ Paul is very confident of our knowing! As we prepare for a celebration of Christ’s entry into the world, we’re reminded again what time it is; a time when ‘salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers.’ This is not the time for procrastination, something so many of us practice. This is the time for repentance, making those about-face decisions in order to walk in the Way of Jesus. ‘Put on the Lord Jesus Christ,’ Paul urges, with no explanation of meaning or practice. Whatever it means, when we practice it, it will no longer be I who lives but Christ who lives in and through me.
Reflect on what time it is and what you’re being called to by the Spirit in this time of expectant waiting.
RESPOND TO JESUS IN PRAYER.
God of the day, I pray for your people around the world that we may all put on Christ and show the world what time it really is, the time of Christ’s coming. For the praise of your glory, Amen.
BE SILENT AND STILL (for as long as you want). Simply be in the presence of Jesus, who loves you, regardless.