Today's devotion for today is based on Mark 1:3,4: "A voice of one calling in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.'" And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins."
King Jesus was coming, and John the Baptist had some road construction to do. But he was not altering the topography of Palestine. He was altering the human heart and cleared the way for people to believe in Jesus.
John prepared hearts through preaching a simple message: "Repent!" Repentance is a change of mind that God works in you. He leads you to hate your sin and trust in Jesus for forgiveness. Whatever sins haunt your heart, turn from them. Turn from them and turn to Jesus, who has provided forgiveness for every sin. As God comforts you with this reality, he will also give you the strength to stay away from those sins today. And the way will be prepared to celebrate the arrival of your King Jesus.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, gracious God, creator and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, keep my heart prepared to meet Jesus, now and in the future. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen
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