December 28

Zechariah 12:1-13:9; Revelation 19:1-21; Psalm 147:1-20; Proverbs 31:1-7

In the middle of the calamities of life, God has expectations of His children. When trouble is raging and people’s lives are being damaged, God does not want His children wrapped up into the problems but serving as a solution.

God told Israel that He would “pour out a spirit of grace and prayer….” These are the tools that we need to stand strong when the world is falling down around us. God’s grace will enable us to see beyond judgment and condemnation and allow love to flow. Then out of a heart of love, we can pray for those around us. Those are the prayers that God hears: prayers that are prayed in love.

If we want to see our families, communities and country change, it will not come from a judgmental attitude, it will come from grace. As this year ends, and the new one begins, ask God to give you a greater revelation of His grace so that you can relate to those around you in love. Then take seriously your responsibility to pray for those around you. Grace and prayer will make the difference.

Tomorrow’s Reading: Zechariah 14:1-21; Revelation 20:1-15; Psalm 148:1-14; Proverbs 31:8-9