Amos 4:1-6:14, Rev 2:18-3:6, Ps 130:1-8, Pr 29:21-22
Today is the 11th day of December. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is a pleasure and it’s a joy, one of the greatest joys of life to come together with you in community around this global campfire and take the next step forward. And that next step forward will take us back into the book of Amos, which we began yesterday. So, we’re reading from the New International Version this week. Amos chapter 4 verse 1 through 6 verse 14.
Thank you, Father for your word. Thank you for the beauty of your word and the way that it just touches so many different places that in the span of a year everything about us is touched and we are invited to be made new, we are invited to move forward. And so, in the Psalms today you gave us such a beautiful posture of repentance, language that allows us to confess and seek forgiveness. And sometimes this is because we feel like we’ve done something really really bad and sometimes it’s just we feel that, you now, that we feel like something’s between us. And, so, Father, we use the words of this Psalm to become the heart cry of our lives and our own prayer, “we cry to you, Lord. Lord, hear our voice. Let your ears be attentive to our cry for mercy. If you Lord kept a record of sins could stand, but with you there is forgiveness so that we can with reverence serve you. We wait for you Lord. Our whole being weights and in your word we put our hope.” Come Holy Spirit, forgive us of our sins, forgive us of our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Help us to remember what we’ve learned father. Yes, we can cry out a prayer for mercy, a prayer for forgiveness, but if we are not willing to forgive then we will not be forgiven. And in this season that is so joyful and so disruptive at the same time there’s all kinds of stuff that gets kicked up, all kinds of things gets churned up to the surface of our lives, things that have been buried. So, we invite your Holy Spirit into that. Show us the ways that we need to offer forgiveness because we are under no illusion about how often and how much mercy and forgiveness we need each and every day. So, come Holy Spirit we thank you for the words of repentance in Psalm 130 and, in turn, we offer forgiveness as we ask for it. Come Jesus. We pray in your mighty name. Amen.
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And that’s it for today. I’m Brian I love you and I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.