WE HAVE TO train ourselves to become the type of earthly vessels that can endure the challenging joy of waiting on God, whether we are waiting for the Christ child or for an answer to prayer. We need ways of training ourselves in strength, patience, courage, and endurance. Spiritual disciplines like prayer, solitude, fasting, and scripture reading can be useful resources for training in daily discipleship. They open us up, hone our hearing and our spiritual vision, and make us sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
—Enuma Okoro, Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent (Upper Room Books, 2012)
Which spiritual disciplines support your attentiveness to the Holy Spirit’s leading?
“But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.”
—Jude 1:20-21 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Transforming God, as we wait, prepare our hearts to receive you.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
As we enter the third week of Advent, let’s step back from the encroaching busyness of the holiday season to listen to God through the silence, thanking God for the gift of Emmanuel. Help others to experience the presence of Christ by giving to The Upper Room.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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