Zechariah 2:1-3:10, Revelation 13:1-18, Psalms 141:1-10, Proverbs 30:18-20
Today is the 22nd day of December. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It’s great to be here with you today as we turn the knob and step through the threshold of a brand-new shiny sparkly week. This is the final Sunday in the season of Advent and that’s been every Sunday this month, the season that that we use as Christians to put our…our hearts posture in the right place and that is certainly a contemplative journey as we consider the mystery of the arrival of the Savior, but also the longing that those in the time of Jesus shared in their hearts and had been sharing for a long time looking for a Savior, a Messiah to come and realizing that…that we identify with them, because although Jesus came and rescued us we still have that longing for his second advent, His second arrival, for his return. And, so, as we move obviously, squarely, straightly into Christmas week, this is a week representing peace. And with that we take the next step forward in our journey through the Scriptures this year. And on this Christmas week we will read from the Good News Translation. And we started the book of Zechariah yesterday and mentioned the fact that will be traveling with Zechariah all the way until the last two days of the year. And today we will read Zechariah chapters 2 and three.
Father, we thank You for Your word. We thank You for bringing us this far into the year, certainly, but we thank You for bringing us here into such a time of joy where in mere days we will celebrate Your arrival as an infant child, helpless, born into this world to save it. But not just to save it, You came as one of us and showed us what it looks like to live as a human being and what Your restoration has brought to us. And, so, we certainly rejoice in You, Father. And even as we move into these next few days, and they are certain to be busy and full of activity and any number of disruptions and we’ll find ourselves interacting with, perhaps people that we don’t know that well, and certainly people that we’ve lived with our entire lives, and families will come together who have begun forming families of their own in other cities and will brush back up against each other and they’re be any number of opportunities for tension to arise. And, so, Father we pray along with the psalmist today, “Lord place a guard at my mouth, a century at the door of my lips. Keep me from wanting to do wrong.” This is our prayer Lord. In the disrupted times of life and seasons when things are coming at us in ways that they don’t normally come out as, it’s very easy for us to slip into just reacting to everything instead of waking up and being proactive and inviting Your Holy Spirit into every moment. So, we invite Your Holy Spirit here at the beginning of this week, that we move into a time that is actually full of joy. Joy to the world, the Lord has come. And may this be our focus in the days ahead we pray. In the name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.
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Community Prayer and Praise:
Hello DAB family this is Carla with a Broken Heart. I called some time ago about the troubles that I was going through, feeling lonely and heartbroken and feeling like God has left me alone. I know he hasn’t, and I received all of the prayers that you all have given me, and I thank you so much. I’m still in the midst of the storm but God is yet still bringing me out. I wanted to call in and say thank you to the young lady, she didn’t give her name, but she had a European accent and she sang a song about be still and let God be God. And the biggest deal that I’m dealing with is me missing my mother and the comfort of being able to go to my mother when I’m going through. And I want her to know that I appreciate her calling and saying how much she loves me and she’s praying for me and that she wished that she was here with me and she could give me a hug and just hold me and let me know that everything is all right because it meant so much to me. It really made me feel like my mother was here hugging me. And I don’t feel so lonely as I go through this struggle. I know God is bringing me out and I know I’m going to see happiness and I know it’s going to be joy coming and I just wanted to thank you so much for that love because it was desperately needed. And God bless you for that love and all of you out there who have prayed for me and all those who are heartbroken and who are suffering. Thank you, Daily Audio Bible family for loving one another and being there for each other and especially being there for me. God bless you all and thank you Lord for loving us the way you do God with Your unconditional love.
Hi, my name is Mary my husband just died a couple days ago, and I just need prayer to get through this time. Thank you.
Hi, this is Victoria Soldier. Just calling tonight to pray for some of the DABbers. Wanted to say hi to Slave of Jesus, it’s so good to hear from you Slave of Jesus and Ted the truck driver. I just want to say hi to you all and continue praying with you all on the highway, the byways. And I wanted to pray for the family members of Gabriel and Jeremiah. I want to pray for the lady who…that she’s got a broken heart, my precious sister Carla. I wanted to pray for you and your broken heart because God’s got someone who’s going to take all the breaks out of that heart, He’s got a special person for you because God has all good things. He said He wouldn’t hold any good things from them that love Him. I just want to let you Saints know that God is getting ready to do a magnificent explosion in the life of His people, He’s gonna explode in great and amazing numbers and just want to say that life and favor and traveling mercies to all and whatever the desires of your heart. Somebody who’s going through a stronghold right now, just asking God to bless him and relieve that stronghold, that strong desire, to kill that spider and knock down the cobwebs of your life so you can soar like none other. Lord You bless your people Lord, You bless Your mighty and young people who are calling, You bless the seniors who are calling, You bless the marriages Lord, the marriages that the devil is trying to break up. Who God has put together let no man put us under. I rebuke you wicked one, I rebuke you in the name of Jesus by the power of the Holy Ghost. Lord you send him home. You send him home and let him come to himself like the young man who says I’ll go and tell my father that even the servants get even more than me. Lord pray for our nation that people will begin to…
Hi family this is Sally from Massachusetts and I’m calling to ask You to pray with me. Heavenly Father, we lift up every single person who is touched by the Daily Audio Bible in some way. We come to You Lord because we believe in the power of prayer, and as a community as a whole, we love You and we worship You we trust You and we know that You have a plan for us. Father God You know those of us who are struggling in our jobs. You know those of us who are struggling in our marriages, and You know those of us who are sitting at the bedside of a loved one waiting for them to die. Father God, You know our emotional well-being, You know our needs and our struggles. You bless us with our successes and our own debts, we praise You for this Lord. We ask You now for healing. We ask You for strength. We ask You for patience. We ask You for wisdom. We ask You for knowledge. We ask You for compassion. We ask You for strong hearts and steady hands. We praise You for this Lord and we ask You this in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
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