Devotional Guides

Daily Bible Readings for Advent

Week 3

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Morning Readings

Psalms 63:1-8(9-11) & 98

Isaiah 13:6-13

Hebrews 12:18-29

John 3:22-30

Evening Psalm

Psalm 103

 

Monday, December 17, 2018

Morning Readings

Psalms 41 & 52

Isaiah 8:16-9:1

2 Peter 1:1-11

Luke 22:39-53

Evening Psalm

Psalm 44

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Morning Readings

Psalm 45

Isaiah 9:1-7

2 Peter 1:12-21

Luke 22:54-69

Evening Psalms

Psalms 47 & 48

 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Morning Readings

Psalm 119:49-72

Isaiah 9:8-17

2 Peter 2:1-10a

Mark 1:1-8

Evening Psalm

Psalm 49 [53]

 

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Morning Readings

Psalm 50

Isaiah 9:18-10:4

2 Peter 2:10b-16

Matthew 3:1-12

Evening Psalms

Psalm [59 & 60] or 33

 

Friday, December 21, 2018

Morning Readings

Psalms 40 & 54

Isaiah 10:5-19

2 Peter 2:17-22

Matthew 11:2-15

Evening Psalm

Psalm 51

 

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Morning Readings

Psalm 55

Isaiah 10:20-27

Jude 17-25

Luke 3:1-9

Evening Psalms

Psalms 138 & 139:1-17(18-23)

 

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Morning Readings

Psalms 24 & 29

Isaiah 42:1-12

Ephesians 6:10-20

John 3:16-21

Evening Psalms

Psalms 8 & 84

 

The Hebrew words “Miktam,” “Maskil,” “Shiggaion,” “Higgaion,” and “Selah” appear in the Psalms and their meanings are lost us. The first three words may provide musical instructions to the choirmaster. “Higgaion” may refer to a type of meditation or melody.   “Selah” possibly indicates an instrumental interlude between stanzas.

How to Use This Guide

Begin your devotions with a prayer that helps you recognize that you are in the presence of God. You may wish to use the Lord’s Prayer to begin your devotional time. A Prayer of Confession is also included. It can be used after the readings from Psalms.

Read the assigned scriptures slowly and carefully. When you finish, ask yourself these four questions: (1) What do these passages of Scripture tell me about God? (2) What do they tell me about the human condition? (3) What do they tell me about the relationship between God and human beings? (4) What do these passages of Scripture ask of me? Keep a notebook or journal to record your responses. You might want to jot down any questions you have about what you read. Conclude your time alone with God by praying the appropriate morning or evening prayer printed below.

 

Prayer of Confession

Most merciful God, I confess to you before the whole company of heaven that I have sinned through my own fault in what I have thought, said and done, and in what I have failed to do. In particular I confess….

Gracious and merciful God, I am truly sorry and repent of all my sins. Forgive me all that is past, help me to amend what I am, and direct what I shall be, that I may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the praise and glory of your name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Morning Prayer

Lord God, Almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day. Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

Evening Prayer

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

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