Monday: Read Malachi 3:1-2. In these 2 verses, there are 2 messengers, fire, soap, fear and an invitation to faith. As you think about this weekend’s message and these verses from Malachi 3, what is the Holy Spirit speaking into your life? How is He leading you to respond?
Tuesday: Read Malachi 3:1-2 and Luke 3:3-4. The goal of God is to make us ready to meet Him. How do the words of Malachi 3 connect with Luke’s words about John the Baptist? Where do you need to make a straight path? As you get ready for Christmas, what spiritual preparations are you making?
Wednesday: Read Malachi 3:1-2 and Philippians 1:6. The gift of God is His presence with us. In Jesus, God comes to the temple and comes to give His life. Where has God recently surprised you with a greater awareness of His presence? What good work would you like to see Him bring to completion?
Thursday: Read Malachi 3:1-2 and Psalm 66:1-4. The greatness of God is terrifying! When do you find yourself aware of the awesome power of God? In the psalm reading, the word SELAH is used. Though no one is sure what that Hebrew word means, some suggest SELAH means “pause and think about that”. Where do you need to pause and think about God today?
Friday: Read Malachi 3:1-2 and Luke 3:5-6. The grace of God is life transforming. As Luke continues his quotation of Isaiah to describe John the Baptist’s work, he describes every impediment, blockage or curve being removed that would slow our connection with God. Where do you need to fill in low spots or smooth out rough spots in your relationship with God? In your relationship with others?
Saturday: Read Malachi 3:1-2 and Philippians 1:9-11. After our look at Malachi 3:1-2 this week, what lessons will you remember and live out in the days ahead? As you pray today, personalize Paul’s prayer in Philippians 1 for yourself, for someone you know, and for our church.
You can Go Deeper this week by reading the following book -- Praying the Names of Jesus by Ann Spangler.