Use this devo as you are able, in whole or in part. Don’t feel compelled to read it all. Simply read and meditate upon whatever catches your attention. The goal is enjoying time with God through His Word and in prayer. Questions about the devotional elements?
Call to Prayer
“Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Ps. 100:1-2)
Readings: Psalm 90:1-6,12,17 + Numbers 6:22-27
Read the passages above.
Then spend a moment in quiet stillness before God.
(Click on the link to read each of the passages, or turn there in your Bible)
One way God’s children prepare for Jesus’ return is by caring for the poor, vulnerable, and outcast (Matt. 25:31–46). As you look ahead to the New Year, think of practical ways you and your family or community can care for the weak in your area.
In prayer, thank God for the reality that Jesus will return and make all things new. Confess any areas of your life—finances, time, relationships, stewardship of your body—where you haven’t been diligent in pursuing holiness. Ask the Lord to show you specific ways you can actively await His promised return in the coming year.
Covenant-keeping God, at the end of another year I thank you for keeping me connected and at home in you through the Holy Spirit by your free, unchanging love and by the strong intercession of Jesus. In your faithfulness, continue to preserve and keep me and all your people from the power of evil throughout the coming year. In Jesus’ name, amen. (prayer based on the Westminster Confession, Question 17).
*Prayer borrowed from Philip Reinders’ Seeking God’s Face: Praying with the Bible through the Year
“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them.” (Luke 1:68)