The Weight and Wait of Advent – Dec. 3

Waiting for Freedom

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,  to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor…” Isaiah 61:1-2

Merciful and mighty, Lord Jesus, we are so grateful you have come to set us free, for none of us are as free as you intend—not a single one of us. Though our total liberation awaits your return, through the Gospel we have already been given a most glorious freedom.

By the power of the Holy Spirit, help us come more fully alive to your bondage-breaking grace. Those you set free, are free indeed.

In our broken-heartedness, comfort us with your nearness and compassion. We know the Day of wiped-tears and redeemed pain is coming. Until then, keep free from bitterness, self-medication, and isolation.

Jesus, you know our different “captivities.” The chains of shame that bind us. The fear of man that entangles us. The cords of contempt that imprison us. The shackles of unbelief that enslave us.

Though you opened the prison door of “darkness”—actually ripped it off its hinges, take us by our hand and lead us out of the cell, Jesus. At times, the lies of our enemy seem more real than the promises of the Gospel.

Lastly, hallelujah 1000 times 1000—by your life, death, and resurrection, you have secured for us the permanent, unwavering, full-bore favor of God. Though we will only be 100% free when you return, we are already 100% loved. Make this more real than anything else to us. So VERY amen we pray, in your glorious, grace-full name.