DAILY WORDS OF HOPE
BY PCG, HOPE CONGREGATION–SAK. EST
When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”[a]), and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”[b] Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss[c] your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”
Luke 2: 22-32
THEME: A light for revelation to the nations
WORDS OF HOPE:
When Mary and Joseph walked into the Temple area with baby Jesus, most people did not notice them because there was nothing unusual about them and it also happened all the time. But this time, when an elderly man got up with a strange look in his eyes and met them, people became curious. The people watched with more anxiety when he took the baby from the couple, embraced him tenderly but firm like the love of God. He has seen something nobody else has or had imagined. He had this to say: This is the Messiah; I have seen him with my own eyes; now I can die in peace. How do you react to such a chilling statement? What does it make you want to do, or to pray about?. Perhaps it makes you simply grateful for the old people you know who have been faithful to God throughout their lives, and can now go to their graves in peace and in gratitude to God. Perhaps it is a personal issue in your own life which you want to bring into God’s presence, for His blessing; something about which you need to hear a word of wisdom and confirmation. Do it now.
· Pray for the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom and inspiration to know what to pray for, and how to recognize God’s moment when it comes.
· Pray for the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in your knowledge of Christ.
· Pray for God to plant in you His Spirit to lead you as you pray in the Spirit for specific issues and for all saints.
Gracious Lord, give me your Spirit that I may seek your will and recognize it when it comes. Amen🙏🏽