|Nativity Alphabet by Krista Hamrick|
Pastor MacArthur’s closing prayer: “Father, what a wonder, what a wonder it is that Jesus was thus born, the God-man, miracle of miracles, that he should be man and yet God. Thank you for the lesson, too, Father, that when you want to do your special works, your mighty works, your supernatural works, your miraculous works, you always find some humble, faithful, trusting, righteous people like Mary and Joseph. Thank you not only for the theology of the virgin birth, but for the example of what happens when God uses two simple people. May we be so righteous, so useful for that which you would do today in our world in revealing yourself. Thank you that you have chosen the weak things to confound the mighty. Thank you that we who have nothing to offer can be used by you. What a mystery. May it so be that everyone gathered here comes to know that precious Lord Jesus who came to save people from their sins, and that in knowing him would become humble, submissive, trusting, available people who can be used again to do your work in this world and will give you the praise. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Lord Jesus, forgive me if I ever demand evidence of Your miracles—Your supernatural working and power instead of thanking You for all you do. Please open my eyes to be aware of Your continual presence, to sense Your nearness, and to see the works of Your hand everywhere I look. With all my heart I welcome Your presence today, however you choose to reveal yourself to me. Give me a heart which longs to know You, to believe You, and to thank You in all things. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
Look In—as you meditate on Mark 8:11-13 … pray to see how you might apply it to your life. Be propelled to ask galvanizing questions about your discoveries: "Because God is_________, I will_____________."
Look Out—as you meditate on Mark 8:11-13 …pray to see how you might apply it to your relationships with others. Let the nature of God impact on every relationship, for your good, and for His glory.
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