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Tuesday, December 1 - Zechariah

Daily Scripture: 13 But the angel said, "Don't be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a son, and you are to name him John. (Luke 1:13)


Background: Elizabeth was Mary's cousin and a descendant of the Priest families of Israel and her father was a temple priest. Zechariah was also a temple priest. He was thought of as holy and kind. Both Zechariah and Elizabeth were over 60 when this story took place, and people didn't think you could have children at that age. Having any children was seen as something everyone should do, and was considered a part of Zechariah’s job as a Priest.


Devotion: Let's set the scene! In the verse today, this was the first time Zechariah had the important job of sprinkling incense on the altar to burn it. At this place in the service only Zechariah, as the incense priest, would have been in this part of the Temple. Zechariah put the incense on to the altar but before he could bow and leave, an angel appeared by the altar. The angel was Gabriel, the same angel that had visited Mary.


This is the moment when our daily Scripture happened. The angel told him not to be afraid, and that his wife would have a son that they would name John. Even when they were least expecting it, and when others thought it would be impossible, God heard Zechariah and Elizabeth, and gave them the best gift they could imagine, a precious baby. This reminds us that God hears our prayers, just like he heard the prayers of Zechariah and Elizabeth.


Mealtime Conversations: God always listens to us. Even when we think he is ignoring us, he is listening. In the Scripture, the angel tells Zechariah that God has heard his prayer. What does it mean for us in faith to know God is always listening to us?


Advent Calendar Reflection: What have you been saying to God lately? What do you want him to hear from you? Write down several prayers you hope God will answer. As you pray for those things each day, add to your journal when God answers those prayers. He may not answer them thy way you imagined, but keep your eyes open for God to give you signs that he hears you.


Advent in Action: Ask the people around you how they've seen God answer their prayers. Then ask them how you can pray for them, and write those prayers on your advent calendar prayer journal.


Activity: Angel God's Eye



Martes 1 de diciembre - Zacarías


Escritura diaria: 13 Pero el ángel dijo: "¡No temas, Zacarías! Dios ha escuchado tu oración. Tu esposa Isabel te dará un hijo, y lo llamarás Juan" (Lucas 1:13).


Antecedentes: Isabel era prima de María y descendiente de las familias sacerdotales de Israel y su padre era sacerdote del templo. Zacarías también era sacerdote del templo. Se le consideraba santo y bondadoso. Tanto Zacarías como Isabel tenían más de 60 años cuando sucedió esta historia, y la gente no pensó que pudieras tener hijos a esa edad. Tener hijos se consideraba algo que todos debían hacer y se consideraba parte del trabajo de Zacarías como sacerdote.


Devoción: ¡Preparemos el escenario! En el versículo de hoy, esta fue la primera vez que Zacarías tuvo la importante tarea de rociar incienso sobre el altar para quemarlo. En este lugar del servicio, solo Zacarías, como sacerdote del incienso, habría estado en esta parte del templo. Zacarías puso el incienso sobre el altar, pero antes de que pudiera inclinarse y marcharse, apareció un ángel junto al altar. El ángel era Gabriel, el mismo ángel que había visitado a María.


Este es el momento en que sucedió nuestra Escritura diaria. El ángel le dijo que no tuviera miedo y que su esposa tendría un hijo al que llamarían Juan. Incluso cuando menos lo esperaban, y cuando otros pensaban que sería imposible, Dios escuchó a Zacarías e Isabel y les dio el mejor regalo que pudieron imaginar, un bebé precioso. Esto nos recuerda que Dios escucha nuestras oraciones, al igual que escuchó las oraciones de Zacarías e Isabel.


Conversaciones a la hora de comer: Dios siempre nos escucha. Incluso cuando pensamos que nos está ignorando, está escuchando. En las Escrituras, el ángel le dice a Zacarías que Dios ha escuchado su oración. ¿Qué significa para nosotros en la fe saber que Dios siempre nos está escuchando?


Reflexión del Calendario de Adviento: ¿Qué le has estado diciendo a Dios últimamente? ¿Qué quieres que escuche de ti? Escriba varias oraciones que espera que Dios responda. Mientras ora por esas cosas todos los días, agregue a su diario cuando Dios responda esas oraciones. Puede que no les conteste de la manera que imaginó, pero mantenga los ojos abiertos para que Dios le dé señales de que lo escucha.


Adviento en acción: Pregunte a las personas que lo rodean cómo han visto a Dios responder a sus oraciones. Luego pregúnteles cómo puede orar por ellos y escriba esas oraciones en su diario de oración del calendario de adviento.


Actividad: Ángel Ojo de Dios


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