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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Week One: LORD, Day Four: Praying the Name

  • Reflect on Ephesians 5:8-10.
  • Praise God who gives us the grace to follow His Son.
  • Offer thanks for the ways in which the Lord has already reshaped your life.
  • Confess any tendency to resist the Lord.
  • Ask God to make you eager to experience Jesus as Lord.

Read the corresponding devotion in the book, Immanuel: Praying the Names of God through the Christmas Season, by Ann Spangler. Ordering information is at the bottom of the page.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Week One: LORD, Day Three: Praying the Name

  • Reflect on Matthew 1:20-21 and John 8:54-59
  • Praise God for foreseeing your need for a Savior.
  • Offer thanks for His delivering power.
  • Confess your continuing need for God's forgiveness.
  • Ask God for a living understanding of what Jesus has done for you.
Read the corresponding devotion in the book, Immanuel: Praying the Names of God through the Christmas Season, by Ann Spangler. Ordering information is at the bottom of the page.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Week One: Lord, Day Two: Praying the Name

  • Reflect on Exodus 3:12-15 and Exodus 20:2
  • Praise God for revealing himself through powerful acts of deliverance.
  • Offer thanks that God has freed you from every form of bondage.
  • Confess any tendency to forget what God has done for your.
  • Ask God to help you remember His saving acts in your life.

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Week One: Lord; Day One: God Reveals His Name

Hebrew: Yahweh
Redeemer of His people.
Greek: Kyrios

Key Scriptures:

God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israielites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”
God also said to Moses, “Say to the Istaielites, ‘The Lord [Yahweh], the God of your fathers – the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob – has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.”
- Exodus 3:14-15

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
- Philippians 2:9-11

Monday: God Reveals His Name

Scripture Readings:

  • Exodus 3:1-20
  • Luke 2:11
  • Philippians 2:5-11

Notes from today’s devotional passage:

Yahweh is not a God who is remote of aloof but One who is always near, intervening in history on behalf of His people. Knowledge of this name implies a covenant relationship.
Kyrios, in the New Testament, refers to an owner, emperor, king, father, husband or master. It can translate into the Hebrew titles: Yahweh, Adonay, Elohim. Before the crucifixion, Jesus was addressed as Kyrios much like being called “sir” rather than as an acknowledgment of Him as God. After the resurrection, it was used widely by believers.

Reflection Questions:

Exodus 3:1-20

  1. What does this passage reveal about what was in the heart of God in regard to his people?

  2. Moses’ reluctance is not hard to understand. Describe a time when you were similarly reluctant to do something you thought God was calling you to do.

  3. Why do you think Moses asked God to reveal his name?

Philippians 2:5-11

  1. How does God’s idea of greatness differ from the usual definition?

  2. How have you experienced Jesus being Lord in your life?

From the study, Immanuel: Praying the Names of God though the Christmas Season. See links in previous post. I will be adding a link at the bottom of the page soon.

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

I found a new book that I'm really excited about starting! It's Immanuel: Praying the Names of God through the Christmas Season, by Ann Spangler.

The book is laid out in 6 weeks: 4 weeks of Advent and the traditional 2 weeks (12 days) of Christmas. Readings are given for Monday through Friday. I will be highlighting the readings here. I'm going to go ahead & start the book this coming Monday, rather than waiting another week.

If you're interested in ordering your own copy there are two great sources to choose from: has the book new for $10.19, eligible for free shipping on orders of $25 or more, and has it new for $10.99. To get to the book on Amazon, simply click on "My Amazon Store" in the links on the right & it will be the first item you see. Following is a book summary and link to CBD:

276142: Immanuel: Praying the Names of God Through the Christmas SeasonImmanuel: Praying the Names of God Through the Christmas Season
By Ann Spangler / Zondervan
Immanuel, Bright Morning Star, and Prince of Peace are only a few of Jesus' biblical names. What do they mean, and how do they reveal God's plan? Balancing prayer, reflection, and study, Spangler offers six weeks of Advent meditations showing how Christ's titles point to God's love, Jesus' birth, and the promise of his return. 144 pages, hardcover from Zondervan.

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Sunday, November 4, 2007

Take Time to Give Thanks

You may have noticed that I've taken some time off from posting the daily prayers. Soon, I will have a calendar of prayers up for you to use each day.

For now, I find it helpful to read the prayer from the chapter of the day's date. For example, today is November 4, so pray chapter 4 from the Power of a Praying... books:

November is also the perfect time for a thankfulness exercise. Think of at least one thing every day that you are thankful for and blog about it. Or send a thank you note every day to someone you are thankful for! Be a blessing!


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