Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time
Sunday, December 3, 2017
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Prayer Practice for the Week
Intercessory Prayer
There are many ways to love our neighbor, but intercessory prayer—praying on behalf of other people—is surely one of the most powerful. In this type of prayer, we bring the person or the circumstance that troubles us before God until we can sense and be changed by God’s attitude toward that person or circumstance. ( Learn more.)
Daily Devotion

Scripture of the Day
I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your children shall prophesy. Your young shall see visions, and the old shall dream dreams. ( Joel 2:28, Acts 2:17)
Reflection
Joel inspired the people of Israel to lift up their hopes to a coming future, reminding them that it is promised to be good. Peter, in an uncertain moment after Jesus had ascended, did the same, with the same words. When I am inspired, I blame the Holy Spirit. To be “in-spire” is to be in the Spirit. It is to be overcome by the source of wisdom and by wisdom herself. When I am uninspired, I often also blame the Holy Spirit. And that’s maybe not so smart. When I am out of the Spirit, I tend to be in the world, or in my own head, or some place distant from God. Sometimes, when I’m stuck, I will stand up and walk around. Getting the blood flowing helps. But often it is the new angle, and the shifted perspective that reveals a hidden path back to God.

Prayer
Holy Spirit of breath and inspiration, draw me out from my belief that I can do all things alone. Remind me that I need you. Remind me that I am better off with you. And remind me that you often show up in the presence of your people, gathered in prayer and common purpose. Amen.
Spiritual Practice

"Nearer, My God, to Thee," BYU Vocal Point ft. BYU Men's Chorus