Malachi is the last book of prophecy in the Old Testament. God's people have returned from exile, and again, they have gotten lazy and careless in their attitude toward God. The big idea in this book is that we belong to God in "body and spirit (2:15)." One of my quick go-to resources, Know Your Bible: All 66 Books Explained and Applied points out that Malachi is the "final word from God for some four hundred years, until the appearance of John the Baptist and Jesus, the Messiah." That is a long time without hearing from God, but we know He makes an awesome promise and keeps it.
I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty.
I am so thankful for Jesus, who came to save me from my sins. He died for me and lives, so that when I call to Him, He is with me.
A prayer for today-
Dear Almighty Lord and Savior,
I thank you for Jesus. I am thankful that you sent Him to die for my sins and live in me, and all who believe. I pray Your Word will speak to my heart today and inspire me to act in faith. I also pray for the salvation of those, near and dear, far and wide, who need the healing presence of Jesus in their lives. May they come to know You, love You, and trust You.
In the name of Christ I pray,