Weekly Devotional

“Mary asked the angel, “How can this be, since I have not had sexual relations with a man? The angel replied to her: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. And consider your relative Elizabeth even she has conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called childless. For nothing will be impossible with God.” – Luke 1:34-37 

 

Like Mary, we often find areas which we mistakenly feel the Lord cannot have control over. We run from the Lord and strain ourselves attempting to bear the burden. We doubt His providence and fear the unknown, casting doubt and worry upon His promises. Reassurance of the Lord’s faithfulness is not easily found apart from Scripture, communion of believers, and prayer. We must read and be reminded of the Lord’s provision in others’ lives through the Word. Joining with the body of Christ allows us to see how the Lord has worked in the lives of those around us. Prayer to the Lord that earnestly seeks truth and lays forth our thoughts honestly allows for a vulnerability before the Lord. In all these instances, we are submitting to the Lord that we are not capable of bearing these burdens without Him. In our forgetful and impatient flesh, we must remind ourselves daily: “Lord, redeem my doubt and unfaithfulness.” Just as Mary was reminded of the Lord achieving what others called impossible through childbearing in her relative Elizabeth, let us be reminded of the faithfulness of the Lord. Behold His promises and fulfillment of those promises in the Scripture. Through our beholding, let us be emboldened and filled with the Holy Spirit. 

PRAYER PROMPT
Father God, remind us this day that we are wholly dependent upon You. Thank You, Lord, for Your patient and gentle nature towards us. Redeem our doubt and unfaithfulness.

ACTIVITY PROMPT
Take 10 minutes today & write the word HOPE on a piece of paper. Ask your kids to write or draw everything they can think of related to HOPE. Once you’re done, pray and thank God for the hope we have in Jesus!

Thoughts? Comments? Questions?
Email: Andrew Barr

Assistant Director, theCenter

 

Weekly Devotional

“Mary asked the angel, “How can this be, since I have not had sexual relations with a man? The angel replied to her: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. And consider your relative Elizabeth even she has conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called childless. For nothing will be impossible with God.”
– Luke 1:34-37 

Like Mary, we often find areas which we mistakenly feel the Lord cannot have control over. We run from the Lord and strain ourselves attempting to bear the burden. We doubt His providence and fear the unknown, casting doubt and worry upon His promises. Reassurance of the Lord’s faithfulness is not easily found apart from Scripture, communion of believers, and prayer. We must read and be reminded of the Lord’s provision in others’ lives through the Word. Joining with the body of Christ allows us to see how the Lord has worked in the lives of those around us. Prayer to the Lord that earnestly seeks truth and lays forth our thoughts honestly allows for a vulnerability before the Lord. In all these instances, we are submitting to the Lord that we are not capable of bearing these burdens without Him. In our forgetful and impatient flesh, we must remind ourselves daily: “Lord, redeem my doubt and unfaithfulness.” Just as Mary was reminded of the Lord achieving what others called impossible through childbearing in her relative Elizabeth, let us be reminded of the faithfulness of the Lord. Behold His promises and fulfillment of those promises in the Scripture. Through our beholding, let us be emboldened and filled with the Holy Spirit.

PRAYER PROMPT
Father God, remind us this day that we are wholly dependent upon You. Thank You, Lord, for Your patient and gentle nature towards us. Redeem our doubt and unfaithfulness.

ACTIVITY PROMPT
Take 10 minutes today & write the word HOPE on a piece of paper. Ask your kids to write or draw everything they can think of related to HOPE. Once you’re done, pray and thank God for the hope we have in Jesus!

Thoughts? Comments? Questions?
Email: Andrew Barr

theCENTER Assistant Director