December 16, 2012


Our hands do a lot for us; they reach, they hold, they catch, and they carry things wherever we need them. This week, we will focus on the ways we use our hands and how God would like us to use them this season. Scripture says that we, as believers, are the hands and feet of Jesus in our world today. 

December 16— Psalm 24  Give us Clean Hands, Give Us Pure Hearts

Take a moment to pray this psalm as a prayer to God. Look at your hands and then place your hands over your heart. Imagine the “sins” or the wrongs that are leaving filth on your hands, on your heart, and on your mind. Verbally speak those wrongs to your heavenly Father. Ask God to cleanse you—to forgive you. You will experience Christ this Christmas more fully when your hands and heart are clean. Make this “cleansing” a daily practice.


· Spend a more lengthy time in prayer and confession. Take time to pray with your hands open, palms up.  This posture expresses your openness and vulnerability before God. Spend time confessing sins in your own life. Then take time to pray for God to fill your hands and heart with characteristics he desires.

· Pray about someone in your life who is in need of a blessing, perhaps your children, a friend or even your spouse. Take time this week to verbally speak words of affirmation and appreciation to him/her. Place your hands on his/her shoulders in the form of the Old Testament blessing as you bless them.

· When Jesus touched the leper, he did the unexpected and the unnecessary. Ask God to place someone on your path this week that needs an unexpected and perhaps unnecessary “touch” from you. Ask God to give you eyes to see the opportunity and to meet the need in the way he desires.

· For Children: Find something you can do around the house that would show your love and appreciation for your parents. Load the dishwasher. Clean your room. Help pick things up. Use your HANDS to express your love for your parents.