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Preparing the Way —
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Do All These Things Prayerfully

DAILY PRAYER GUIDE FOR FOLLOWERS OF JESUS

BEGINNING
Spend approximately 5 to 10 minutes in silence.
Focus on listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit leading you, affirming you, directing you.

INVOCATION
Pray, Father, today I come into your presence to hear from you. Lead me in my prayer time, guide me according to your will. Accomplish your purposes in me and through me.

READ YOUR PSALM FOR TODAY
Jot notes and praises in your journal or notebook.

ADORATION
Spend time praising God for who God is, for the places you have seen God leading you and forming you. This is time to praise God for being who God is.

CONFESSION
Asking the Holy Spirit to guide you and illuminate those areas of your life that do not reflect God’s character and purpose, confess faults, shortcomings, and sins to God, receiving and recognizing God’s forgiveness and grace in your life.

THANKSGIVING
Spend time thanking God for each and every way God has been active in your life: for blessings, for protection, for influences in your life, for the people whom God has brought around you. Give praise for any and everything God brings to your mind.

READ YOUR OLD TESTAMENT AND NEW TESTAMENT READINGS
In your journal or notebook, jot down thoughts, prompts that God gives you during this time.

SUPPLICATIONS
Pray for others: for physical needs, spiritual needs, for guidance, for direction, for God to have the freedom to move in the lives of others.

Pray for the work of Christ Center Church: for spiritual victories, for protection and guidance for our leaders, for the favor of God to rest on our church.

Pray for the leaders of our government and our nation.

Pray for your own needs: Place your desires and prayer under the leadership and the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Ask boldly. Be open to God’s leading in your spirit.

Pray for God to lead you in specific areas of your life

PRAY THE LORD’S PRAYER

HELPFUL HINTS

  • Keep a pen and paper handy. As stray thoughts enter your mind, jot them down. This will release you to leave those things and focus on God, and God’s leading and the still small voice of the Holy Spirit.
  • Find a regular, comfortable place to spend time with God. Soon, just visiting your prayer place will trigger that awareness of the presence of God
  • Keep a prayer journal. Regularly write down your requests. A couple of times each month, review those requests. Note answers and victories to your requests. Highlight those answers. Seeing God work through your prayers builds and strengthens your faith.
  • Always keep in mind, prayer is an ordinary means to grace. Don’t turn prayer into work or works. To do so is self-defeating. Relish your time with God, allow him to work in you.

Drawn in part from Bill Hybel’s work, Too Busy Not to Pray. Intervarsity Press, 2008.

Monday, December 5, 2022
Daily Today’s: Psalm 21; Isaiah 24:1-16a; 1 Thessalonians 4;1-12

As we enter the second full week of Advent, it is good to remind ourselves of what we celebrate during this season. We celebrate the birth of our savior and Christ’s entry into our world. We celebrate the coming of the promised one and what that means to our eternity. We celebrate God who came to dwell amongst us.

In Psalm 21, David, who was a King- rejoices! He rejoices for all that God has given him. His rejoicing is a celebration of what God has delivered. King David knows the victory is not his but is the Lord’s. King David knows that every great gift he has received- victory, success, prosperity- they are all from God.

King David shifts his focus to the eternal in verses 4-6. He shares that he requested the preservation of his life, and God granted his request. God did not just spare David’s life, but gave him eternal life! David says that this is an eternal blessing (which it is!), but the true joy is the joy of the Lord’s presence.

As we walk through this coming week, let us celebrate and rejoice with David. Let us see that the true joy and gift is the Lord’s presence and that Jesus’ coming would pave the way for eternal life with Him.
As David closes Psalm 21, let us sing and celebrate God’s mighty acts and rejoice in them today.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Daily Readings: Psalm 21; Isaiah 41:14-20; Romans 15:14-21

As we move through the week, what might we talk about in our “water cooler” talks with others? Whether we work in an office with a literal water cooler that co-workers gather about, or we are out and about in other activities, we will have “water cooler talk” moments. You know the conversations I’m referring to- the conversations where we brag on our local NFL, NBA, or NHL team and how they are doing. Or we talk about our children and the success they are having in sports or in school. How often in these conversations do we brag about God to those around us?

In Psalm 21, which we read yesterday and today, we hear David clearly brag about God and the work that the Lord has done in David’s life. David leaves no room for confusion as he declares that it is God who has won the victory, and God who has provided all things. David writes these words 10 centuries before Christ would come in the flesh.

Over a thousand years later we read Paul’s words in his letter to the church in Rome, and we can sense his excitement. Paul knows Christ who has come and has met Him. Paul says in verse 17 of Romans, Chapter 15, that he is “enthusiastic” about what Christ has done in him. But Paul understands, just like David before him, that the glory is the Lord’s. Paul says in verse 18 that he dares not boast in anything that Christ has done in him, because it is the Lord’s great work.

It would have been amazing to see and hear David and Paul boast about God in their “water cooler talks” with those around them. Today, we have the same opportunity to boast in our Lord who came to this Earth to save us. Let us look for a chance to boast in the Lord today, and share Him with others.

Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Today’s Readings: Psalm 21; Genesis 15:1-18; Matthew 12:33-37

Today’s readings bring a story of hope and legacy. The readings span thousands of years and help us to connect the dots of God’s providential work over the generations. I was taught that Advent was the “season of preparing our hearts to celebrate Jesus coming into this world.” I have often shared that with others, whether it be on a Sunday morning, or in a bible study. Today’s passages, viewed together, give us a reason to have hope and a reason to celebrate Jesus’ coming into the world.

In Genesis chapter 15, we see God’s covenant promise with Abram. Abram, who we would later come to know as Abraham, questions God as to how he will be blessed. Abram’s confusion is that God has promised a reward for Abram, yet Abram has no descendants. God promises Abram more descendants than there are stars in the sky, and Abram believed God! Sometimes it is hard to believe when we cannot see the outcome. Abram could not see what was to come, yet he believed God.

In Psalm 21, our last day in this Psalm, we see David’s rejoicing in the Lord. David is a product of God’s promise to Abram and is 13 generations down the line from Abram. God’s blessings on David stem from the promise God made to Abram. David recognizes this and rejoices and celebrates God’s work in David’s life. David knows the history of his family and understands that God is the one to be celebrated.

We may wonder how the passage in Mathew, chapter 12, can relate to this. How can a tree identified by its’ fruit speaks to the promises that God gave to Abram and David? Abram and David had good hearts and trusted in God. Even in their toughest times, they believed in God, and what He would do. God produced great fruit through those two men, and He is willing to do the same in us as well.

Advent, the time of preparing our hearts, is a time of leaning into belief. It is an opportunity to rejoice in Jesus and what He has done, and what He still will do in our lives. Today is a day to see hope and God’s legacy come into our lives.

Thursday, December 8, 2022
Today’s Readings: Psalm 146:5-10; Ruth 1:6-18; 2 Peter 3:1-10

How is your week going? Have things been going well at work, church, or school? Has there been a time this week, or recently, when you felt like you were not included? During this wintertime, it is easy to feel “left out in the cold,” whether that be physically, or in social circles. Today we begin three days looking over Psalm 146 and it may speak to us today if we are feeling neglected.

In verses 7-9, the Psalmist shares with us that God provides and protects those who are vulnerable. The Psalmist speaks of the foreigners, orphans, and widows. He also speaks of those who are oppressed. The Psalm reminds us that justice will come for those who are oppressed, even if they cannot yet see it.

Our second reading introduces us to a woman named Ruth, and her mother-in-law, Naomi. Both of these women become widows over the course of a decade. In addition, they become foreigners in the land of Moab, far from home. The women traveled back to their homeland because they believed that God would take care of them and bless them there. They had no guarantee of success or prosperity, yet that did not stop them from stepping out in faith. During that time of travel, I imagine there were many cold nights and cold shoulders from the people they met. I imagine that having hope in the midst of anguish and trial was difficult, at best. And yet, they persevered, and God blessed them immensely. They could not see what the future held, but they trusted in God and followed Him.

Today, we may not know what the future holds, but we have the option to trust in God. Advent is an opportunity to look beyond our current situation, and trust in God who made a way for us. Today, let us learn from Ruth and Naomi and look beyond our current situation, and look forward to what God is doing.

Friday, December 9, 2022
Today’s Readings: Psalm 146:5-10; Ruth 4:13-17; 2 Peter 3:11-18

Yesterday we looked at Psalm 146 and God’s promise to take care of widows, orphans, and foreigners. Today we begin our readings with the same set of verses to remind us that promise is true yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Naomi and Ruth set out believing that God would provide for them and meet their needs and bless them. Today we see that blessing come alive in a baby boy named Obed!

During Advent we celebrate Christ’s birth and his coming into our world, and what it means for us. Naomi and Ruth had no idea that someday God would appear as a man, and be the gateway for all to enter into Heaven. At this point in their lives, they simply knew that God had blessed them with a baby boy. This boy would carry on their lineage. They could not see what the future held. They had no idea that this boy would be the grandfather to David, whose faith would lead the Israelites to prosperity and success. They did not know that this baby would be part of the lineage that would lead to Jesus being born someday. All they knew was that God had blessed them, taken care of them, and done what He had promised.

In the book of 2nd Peter, we find Peter concluding his letter to encourage the believers to live peaceful lives that are pure and blameless. I wonder if Peter was considering the example of Naomi and Ruth and their lives. Peter’s words are his last recorded words and carry much weight with them. He explains how God is patient, and this patience has given people time to turn to God. As we reflect on God’s promise, Naomi and Ruth’s belief, and Peter’s recommendation- let us use it to spur us on to good works today.

Saturday, December 10, 2022
Today’s Readings: Psalm 146:5-10; 1 Samuel 2:1-8; Luke 3:1-18

Our leading passage today is a familiar one as this is the third day we have read over Psalm 146:5-10. The Psalmist declares how the Lord goes before and protects those in need. The Lord is the protector over the orphan, the widow, and the foreigner.

Our second verse is a song of jubilation by Hannah. Hannah has been without child and has begged God to allow her to have children. The Lord heard her prayer and blessed her and her husband. They had Samuel, and they dedicated the boy to the Lord’s service. Samuel’s story of dedication to the Lord is incredible. He served and obeyed the Lord his entire life and was greatly respected by all those who he came in contact with. Hannah would go on to have five more children and was extremely blessed by God. It was Hannah’s fervent prayer that God responded to, and God blessed them.

Our last passage introduces us to John the Baptist. Luke records how John came before Jesus to prepare the people and repent of their sins and turn to God. Crowds flocked to see John and he spoke plainly to them about the sin in their lives.

These three sets of verses are very different in scope and story. However, each one has a common theme- God goes before. As we continue to focus on God and celebrate the birth of Jesus during this Advent season, we should remember that it was Jesus who went before us.

It was Jesus who was born and lived a perfect life and then sacrificed that life for our sins. It was Jesus who went before us almost 2000 years ago to make a way for us to experience Heaven eternally.

Today, as we go about our day, let us remember these words; God goes before us. Let us remember that God desires to protect us, bless us, and save us. This message is not just for us, but for all that are able to receive it. Today, let us be encouraged that God goes before us, and let us call on Him for his direction and providential work in all areas of our lives.

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Pastor Art and Allyson Roxby

Pastor Art’s greatest desire is to see followers of Jesus Christ experience the fullness of the Holy Spirit, grow in their walk with God and in the Community of faith, and live into their unique calling to be witnesses to the life-changing power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Christ Center and Missions

Christ Center is an avid supporter of foreign, domestic and campus mission work. We currently support 13 ministries around the world: Seven are international, five are domestic missions, and one is a campus ministry. Click to learn more about some of the ministries we support.

Prayer

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Small / Growth Groups

At Christ Center Wesleyan Church, we have small groups of all shapes and sizes. Women only, men only, mixed, young adults, etc. We also have a variety of Recovery Groups. Topical studies, books of the Bible studies and groups that are designed to care for you where you are.

Wesleyans believe in one God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and the Savior of all who put their faith in Him alone for eternal life.

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