Prayer and Praise During Advent
10 Prayers of Thanksgiving and Praise
A s we reflect on this Thanksgiving Day 2014 in the United States I wanted to revisit something I wrote a couple years ago. Thanksgiving and praise is good anytime of the year, but especially today offer your prayers to the Lord for He is great and He is faithful.
I love to pray to the Lord and most often I am offering prayers for assistance in something – health, provision, or even as an intercessory prayer for another one’s needs.
Do you find that to be true with yourself? I know that our Heavenly Father loves to hear from us, but not only in the times of trial or testing; He loves to hear our praise and thanksgiving as well.
Here are some prayers that I have collected, most of them right from God’s own word.
To God the Creator
O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! (Psalm 8)
To God who Forgives all Transgressions
Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart. For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth. I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.
I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked. I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O Lord: That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.
Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth. (Psalms 26:2-8)
To God who Deserves all Glory and Praise
He loves to hear our praise and thanksgiving
O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.
O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. (Psalms 95:1-6)
To God — the Lord of All
O Lord, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds. I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of all his people. (Psalms 116:16-18)
A Mother’s Prayer of Thanksgiving & Praise:
… My heart rejoiceth in the Lord, mine horn is exalted in the Lord: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation. There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock our God.
Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come your mouth: for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength.
They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and they that were hungry ceased: so that the barren hath born seven; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble. The Lord killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up. The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.He raiseth up the poor the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and he hath set the world upon them. He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.
The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; heaven shall he thunder upon them: the Lord shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed. (Hannah’s prayer from 1 Samuel 2:1-10)
A King’s Prayer of Praise & Adoration:
… Blessed be thou, Lord God of Israel our father, for ever and ever.
Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.
Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name. (King David’s prayer from 1 Chronicles 29:10-13)
A Thanksgiving Prayer for the Queen:
God of time and eternity,Whose son reigns as servant, not master;We give you thanks and praiseThat you have blessed this nation,The realms and territories with Elizabeth,
Our beloved and glorious Queen.
In this year of Jubilee,Grant her your gifts of love and joy and peaceAs she continues in faithful obedience to you,Her Lord and God,And in devoted service to her land and people,And those of the Commonwealth.Now and all the days;Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen
(The Diamond Jubilee Prayer, written at the Queen’s direction by the chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral) 
A President’s Prayer of Thanksgiving & Praise:
Most gracious Lord God, from whom proceedeth every good and perfect gift, I offer to Thy Divine Majesty my unfeigned praise and thanksgiving, for all Thy mercies toward me. Thou made me at first and hast ever since sustained the work of Thine own hand.
Thou gave Thy Son to die for me, and hast given me assurance of salvation upon my repentance and sincerely endeavoring to conform my life to His holy precepts and example.
Thou art pleased to lengthen out to me the time of repentance and to move me to it by Thy Spirit and by Thy Word, and by Thy mercies and by Thy judgments. Amen. (George Washington)
Prayer of Thanksgiving from a Poet and Lyricist:
O Thou whose bounty fills my cup,With every blessing meet!I give Thee thanks for every drop—
The bitter and the sweet.
I praise Thee for the desert road,And for the riverside;For all Thy goodness hath bestowed,
And all Thy grace denied.
I thank Thee for both smile and frown,And for the gain and loss;I praise Thee for the future crown
And for the present cross.
I thank Thee for both wings of loveWhich stirred my worldly nest;And for the stormy clouds which drove
Me, trembling, to Thy breast.
I bless Thee for the glad increase,And for the waning joy;And for this strange, this settled peace
Which nothing can destroy. (Jane Crewdson, 1860)
Thanksgiving & Praise in a Song:
Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.
O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,With ever joyful hearts and blessèd peace to cheer us;And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed;
And free us from all ills, in this world and the next!
All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given;The Son and Him Who reigns with Them in highest Heaven;The one eternal God, whom earth and Heaven adore;
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore. (Martin Rinkart & Catherine Winkworth)
God desires our praise and thanksgiving. Isn’t it the least we could for all He has done for us?
Resources – The Holy Bible, King James Version.  www. dailymail.co.uk. video “O Praise Him” by David Crowder Band[This post was originally published at WCWTK on July 7, 2012]
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4 Prayers to Pray as a Family during Advent
Great expectancy. Enduring hope. Celebratory joy. And then, abiding peace.
For many Christians, Advent is a meaningful way to not only journey through the nativity story but to deeply connect with these resonating themes found in Christ’s birth.
Because of its focus on prayer and contemplation, Advent allows us to step away from the holidays’ hurried pace and to breathe in the presence of God as we ponder and joyfully cherish the expectancy, hope, joy and peace seen in the nativity story.
It’s easy to see why celebrating the four Sundays of Advent is such a wonderful holiday tradition for families!
But where does one start? What can a family’s Advent prayers and celebration look ? And how can we keep weekly family Advent activities from becoming just one more holiday ritual?
I completely understand this! As parents of four kids, my husband and I don’t want to add “one more thing” to our family’s already overflowing calendar.
Instead, we want to include simple, soul-enriching experiences during this holy holiday season that bring us closer to each other and closer to God.I’m about to share some beautiful, easy-to-understand Advent prayers and Scripture readings that help families ours create rich Advent experiences so that we can bring this glorious season to life.
But before we dive into these Advent prayers and readings, I want to share the most important thing to remember about Advent: If you want to encounter a living God, you need to create an atmosphere of authentic connection.
One Important Thing to Remember:
Although many families choose to follow a traditional liturgical reading and response during their family Advent celebrations, there really are no rules about what a family’s “typical” Advent time can look .
The only “rule” I would suggest is this: Challenge yourself (and your family) to use Advent as a simple time of heartfelt communication—both with God and with each other.
The story of Advent doesn’t change from year to year, but we do. Our circumstances, challenges—and even our relationship with Christ—can vary greatly what we’re going through. And that means that we must approach each Advent season with fresh eyes, asking the Lord to help us relate His timeless Advent truths to our lives in powerful new ways.
I’m going to give you some suggested Advent prayers and readings as a guideline for your family to follow, but overall, I want you to focus on this single principle: How can the themes of the Advent story radically impact me (and my family) in this current season?
Make your Advent meaningful, special and treasured by not focusing on the words themselvesbut the Holy Spirit who longs to revitalize our longing, hurting hearts.
Here are the 4 Advent Prayers, Readings and Conversation Starters for Your Family
First Sunday of Advent
Reading: Micah 5:2-5; Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 7:14
Conversation Starters: Share about a time when you’ve had to wait expectantly for something. What was it to feel in your heart that you knew something big was going to happen and yet to also know that you needed to wait for it? How does waiting for God to provide the answers allow us to trust him more?
Prayer: Dear Jesus, we start this Advent season waiting for you.
the Israelites who wearily longed—hoping against hope—that you would bring your promised Messiah, we desperately wait for you to fill our hearts with your glorious presence this Advent season.
Please allow us to see the beauty and refining that comes when we cease our striving and choose to boldly trust that your promises will prove true.
Second Sunday of Advent
Reading: Luke 1:26-38; Luke 1:47-55
Conversation Starters: Discuss this together (there’s no right or wrong answer): What do you think Mary was more surprised by—the appearance of the angel, or the angel’s message itself? Would you want an angel to give you a message about something that was to happen in your life? Share a time when God miraculously “showed up” in your life to offer you either physical or emotional provision in a way that you never could have provided.
Prayer: Dear Lord, for many of us, we admit that the story of the virgin birth has become so familiar that it’s easy for us to lose sight of how utterly spectacular and astonishing this event was.
After years of waiting, your promised Messiah was to be born in the most unly of places to the most unly of people in the most unly of ways.
Only You can plan such awe-inspiring works! You are perfect in your ways, and your plans are magnificent! May we trust you with every aspect of our lives, remembering that Mary’s story assures us that you are able to show up and do the miraculous. Nothing, nothing is impossible for you, Lord!
Third Sunday of Advent
Reading: Luke 2:8-20; Luke 2:25-32
Conversation Starters: How do you envision all-consuming celebration of joy that the shepherds witnessed? In terms of your life, how do you celebrate both the big and little victories? Even if you’re going through something difficult in your life right now, what can you choose to celebrate with joy today as you remember that, Simeon, God will fulfill His promises for you?
Prayer: Dear Lord, it’s hard to imagine what it would have been to see the armies of heaven lighting up the shepherd’s fields as they praised your name! And yet, because you have given us your salvation, we can confidently know that one day we will witness the armies of heaven riding behind you as the glorious, exalted King of all Kings in your second coming (Revelation 19:11-16). We praise you today that you chose to personally enter our world as the promised Messiah, humbling yourself to become human so that you could truly live among your people. With your birth, we are made whole! You offer salvation to all that call out to you, and that makes our hearts sing with joy!
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Reading: Isaiah 26:3; John 14:27; Psalm 23:1-2
Conversation Starters: Describe the circumstances that Mary and Joseph found themselves in after Jesus’ birth.
From a worldly perspective, do you think they had a reason for peace? How do you think the miracles surrounding Jesus’ birth (prophecies fulfilled, angels’ appearance, etc.
) bolstered the faith of the young Mary and Joseph for their future life as the earthly parents of the Messiah?
Prayer:Heavenly Father, you were born into a sinful, restless world looking for answers and desperate for peace.
Our world today may not look that of ancient Bethlehem, but it is an equally broken place filled with anxious hearts eager to discover purpose and lasting hope.
We are so thankful that you demonstrate over and over that your heart’s desire is to connect with your creation, offering authentic joy, peace and love to all that call on your great name. This Advent season, may our world see your son’s birth as an olive branch of peace.No matter what their circumstances, may their minds be opened to the fact that you give us an incredible peace that cannot be shaken or taken away. Thank you for being the path to peace. We rejoice in your amazing peace today as we celebrate your son’s birth!
Enjoy these Advent prayers and conversations with your family, and may you and your family re-encounter the living God in an exciting new way this Advent season!
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10 Best Advent Wreath Prayers for Children
The Advent Wreath is a great tradition to implement into their homes and organizations during the Advent Season. These prayers will help you to focus on your dedication to Christ during this season of preparation. Here is a look at some great Advent Wreath Prayers for children.
Blessed are you, O Lord our God, king of the universe. You sent your Son to be the Light of the world and to spread his light of love to all. As we light the candles of this wreath May its growing brightness remind us of the approaching nearness of your Son So that the day of His coming may find us prepared and filled with joy. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever.
Merciful God, who sent thy messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Stir up thy power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let thy bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be honor and glory, world without end.
We beseech thee, Almighty God, to purify our consciences by thy daily visitation, that when thy Son our Lord cometh he may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
O God, who makest us glad with the yearly remembrance of the birth of thy only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that as we joyfully receive him for our Redeemer, so we may with sure confidence behold him when he shall come to be our Judge; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.
Father in this season of advent we prepare our hearts for Your coming. You are the vine, we are the branches.
Come and tend us, prune us, clean us.
Discard in us everything that will not bear fruit,
Nourish in us everything that bears much fruit.
As we celebrate your first coming as a vulnerable baby Our hearts await your glorious coming as the eternal King. Nurture in us expectant hearts O Lord. Cultivate in us a deep longing for more of you O God. Until that Day when you burst through the heavens,
And flood our horizons with your glorious splendour.For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory,
though out all ages and generations.
Lord God, may we, your people, who look forward to the birthday of Christ experience the joy of salvation and celbrate that feast with love and thanksgiving. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Lord, our God, we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ: He is Emmanuel, the hope of all people, he is the wisdom that teaches and guides us, he is the Savior of every nation.
Lord God, let your blessing come upon us as we light the candles of this Advent wreath. May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
To Our Lady, Mother of Advent O Mother of our Advent, be with us and see to it that he will remain with us in this difficult Advent of the struggles for truth and hope, for justice and peace: He, alone, Emmanuel.
Here is an Advent wreath prayer that changes each week and is prayed at the lighting of each candle for each day during Advent.
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Prayer During the Day
Prayer During the Day provides material for a number of patterns of prayer.
¶ It provides a framework for a daily Quiet Time and Bible study – an Office of Readings.
¶ It is a single order for those who wish to be united with the Church’s daily corporate offering of prayer.
¶ It is a simple order for use during the day, with Night Prayer as a simple evening office.
¶ It is Midday Prayer for those who wish to supplement the saying of Morning and Evening Prayer.
¶ It is a model for prayer at the third, sixth and ninth hours – traditionally called Terce, Sext and None – as used by some religious communities and their associates.
Using Prayer During the Day –
a variety of patterns
Many people have evolved a daily Quiet Time, for reading Scripture and for praying. With this in mind, Prayer During the Day is offered as a framework for personal devotion; it follows a pattern which would be shared with others. In this way Christians can be united in their worship by making use of common lectionary resources and the overall shape of the Church’s year.
Some will use Prayer During the Day as their sole act of prayer and praise. Others will use both Prayer During the Day and Night Prayer in a simple pattern of prayer at the beginning and end of the day.
There will be those who wish to say the offices of Morning and Evening Prayer each day but without lengthy readings.
They will be looking to what is sometimes called the ‘city’ or ‘cathedral’ model of office – prayer and praise – rather than to what is sometimes called the ‘desert’ or ‘monastic’ model of office – reading and meditation.
For those who use Morning and Evening Prayer to focus on prayer and praise, Prayer During the Day will become a time for a greater concentration on Bible reading and meditation – an Office of Readings.
Others will use Morning and Evening Prayer with full Bible readings. Prayer During the Day will then become Midday Prayer, perhaps using the short Bible readings printed in the text of the service.
All of these patterns are variations on a common theme – praying the Bible together. A church in which people pray the Bible together becomes a church which is equipped for proclamation and service.It is in this hope that Prayer During the Day is offered as a simple starting point for common daily prayer.
It is advisable, once choices have been made, to use them consistently for at least four weeks before any change is made.
Opening responses, or another introduction. A Form of Penitence may be used here or in the Prayers.
Either the printed text or another acclamation, hymn or song
¶ The Word of God
A psalm, and one or more Bible readings
The printed text, or a less formal response
Intercessions, a Collect and the Lord’s Prayer
¶ The Conclusion
A closing prayer, dismissal, blessing, or other ending
¶ Notes to Prayer During the Day ↑
A pattern for Prayer During the Day is provided for each day of the week. This may be used on that day of the week at any time of year.
In addition there is a form of Prayer During the Day for each of the seasons of the Church’s year.
This may be used throughout the season or at certain high points: for example, the Easter form might be used on Easter Day, or for the first week of Eastertide, or throughout Eastertide.
A versicle and response is the conventional opening for a short order of prayer of this kind. Alternatively people may to begin by quietly meditating on a verse of scripture.
A Form of Penitence (here) may be used here or in the Prayers.
Praise may include a hymn, song, canticle, extempore praise or the text provided. Hymns for Prayer and Praise, the New English Hymnal and other collections contain ‘office hymns’ which may be used here.
At least one psalm should be included on each occasion.
A daily or seasonal psalm and a four-week cycle are provided.
Two tables making use of Psalm 119 (the great psalm of contemplation on God’s word) and Psalms 121–131 and 133 (the Psalms of Ascent, used by pilgrims on the way up to Jerusalem) on a weekly, fortnightly and monthly pattern are also provided (here).
These are especially appropriate when Prayer During the Day is being used alongside the other offices. Alternatively, part of the psalm provision for Morning or Evening Prayer in the Common Worship Weekday Lectionary may be used, or any section of Psalm 119 may be chosen.
One of the following is used:
¶ The short reading printed in the order.
¶ On weekdays one or more of the readings appointed for Morning or Evening Prayer or Holy Communion in the Common Worship Weekday Lectionary.
¶ On Sundays and Principal Holy Days, one or both of the readings appointed for the Third Service are used (if not used at another service that day).
Personal or corporate Bible study might also take place at this point.
A versicle and response are provided for use after the reading. Other appropriate responses include silence, group discussion, responsive prayer and singing.
The Prayers may include a litany, extempore prayer, or a pattern of intercessions. Forms of intercession are provided here. A General Thanksgiving (here) may also be used. This section should also include the Lord’s Prayer and the prayer provided in the text, the Collect of the day, or some other prayer.
7 The Conclusion
The office concludes with a dismissal, a closing prayer, the Peace
The peace of the Lord be always with you
All and also with you.
These words may be added
Let us offer one another a sign of peace,
God’s seal on our prayers.
or another ending.
¶ Psalm Tables for Psalm 119 and Psalms 121–131, 133 (the Psalms of Ascent) ↑
Over a calendar month
|Day 23||121, 122|
|Day 24||123, 124|
|Day 25||125, 126|
Over a week or a fortnight
Psalm 119 and the Psalms of Ascent may be used over a fortnight as follows:
Alternatively, Psalm 119 and the Psalms of Ascent may be used, together or alone, on a weekly cycle.
O God, make speed to save us.
All O Lord, make haste to help us.
My heart tells of your word, ‘Seek my face.’
All Your face, Lord, will I seek.
A hymn, song, canticle, extempore praise or
We praise you, O God,
we acclaim you as the Lord;
all creation worships you,
the Father everlasting.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
the cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
from Te Deum Laudamus
On any Sunday Psalm 19
|Week 1||Psalm 20|
|Week 2||Psalm 34|
|Week 3||Psalm 115.1-13|
|Week 4||Psalm 116|
When Morning and Evening Prayer are also celebrated, one of the monthly, fortnightly or weekly cycles may be followed here.
Each psalm or group of psalms may end with
All Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.
Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.
And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself.
2 Corinthians 5.17-19a
The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. Therefore the Jews started persecuting Jesus, because he was doing such things on the sabbath.
But Jesus answered them, ‘My Father is still working, and I also am working.
’ For this reason the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because he was not only breaking the sabbath, but was also calling God his own Father, thereby making himself equal to God.
7 Powerful Advent Prayers – Devotions of Peace and Joy – Prayers
The term 'Advent' originates from Latin and means “coming;” as its purpose is to look forward to the coming of Christ to Earth. It has been a season that centers upon waiting gracefully. Therefore, “Advent means something new is coming.
The dawn of a new and better era. This is really what the Christmas season is all about, isn’t it? It’s the celebration of the ADVENT of a new era.
God broke into time and space and entered our world” (Daniel Darling, “What Advent Is and Why We Should Celebrate”).
In prayer, we can access God's world and ask Him to ready our hearts the way He prepared all of history to receive the gift of His Son.
Ask the Father to use this time during Advent to leave behind the distress and make your life a home of warmth and openness.
We've assembled these Advent prayers from throughout our archives to help you ensure there's “room at the inn” of your heart this year!
1. An Advent Prayer for Peace
Lord, in a season when every heart should be happy and light, many of us are struggling with the heaviness of life—burdens that steal the joy right our stockings. Tragedy arrives as innocent victims suffer, and an inner voice whispers, “Be afraid!” We need your peace, Jesus.
We confess that our hearts are too often filled with wonder of a different kind: wondering when the bills will be paid, when the terror will stop, when rest will come. Will it ever? Is the message still true? In a world where worry, not peace, prevails, stir up that good news again. This Advent, make it real in our hearts.
Never have we needed Your joy and peace more than now. Thank You for the gift of Jesus, our Immanuel, the Word made flesh. We not only need Your peace and joy; Lord, we crave it. You’ve promised rest for the weary, victory for the battle-scarred, peace for the anxious, and acceptance for the broken hearted—not just at Advent, but every day of every year.
Your name is still called “Wonderful,” “Counselor,” “The Mighty God,” “The Everlasting Father,” and “The Prince of Peace.” We know that peace on earth can only come when hearts find peace with You. You are still our Joy. You are still our Peace. You are no longer a babe in the manger. You are Lord of lords and King of kings.
And we still celebrate You as Lord—this Christmas and always.
~Edited from Rebecca Barlow Jordan's “A Prayer for Peace & Joy at Christmas”
2. A Prayer to Prepare Our Heart for Christ’s Coming
Father, just as You sent John the Baptist to prepare the way for Jesus, help me to clear the path in my heart, too. Show me the distractions in my life that block me from all-out worship of You this Advent.
Lord, I await Your coming! As I celebrate the first Advent––the first coming––I look toward the day where I will see You face to face. I imagine what it will be . Give me a heart, Lord, that looks for Your coming on a daily basis.Help me to live my life where I'm constantly seeking Your presence. My offering to You today is my righteous life for I know I am only clean because of Jesus. Show me today how I need to be refined, purified, forgiven.
Give me the strength to ask for forgiveness and to then change my ways.
~Sarah Martin, from “The Awe & Wonder of Advent: Day 18”
3. Advent Prayer of Gratitude for the Birth of Jesus
Father God, we thank You and praise You today for the miracle of Your Son's birth. Thank You for bringing great JOY to the whole world! Thank You for giving us the assurance that because You came to us in the form of a human, we who believe in Jesus can know with absolute certainty that we'll spend eternity with You.
We thank You, Lord, for the many reasons we have been given a merry Christmas. And we rejoice for each blessing. New life. New love. A home. A job. New opportunities. Second chances. And more. We know, Lord, that You bring the sun and the moon and set the stars in motion. You tell the ocean where to stop and the snow when to start. And we thank You for the mighty gift of Your creation.
Thank You, Father, for spiritual leaders and faith-filled friends who keep encouraging us when we are close to giving up. And although we have many reasons to rejoice today, Lord, we also know December 25th can be not-so-merry for a whole host of reasons. We pray for those who are experiencing loss during Advent: relational, financial, spiritual and physical.
We pray for those who are coping with loving a prodigal and our friends and family members whose hearts are far from You. We pray for those dealing with unemployment and addictions and chronic sickness… and unending pain and frustrations of all kinds. Thank You, Lord, that You are The Wonderful Counselor and Prince of Peace, even in the midst of our not-so-merry circumstances.
Finally, Lord, we ask You to grant us peace. Peace in our homes, peace in our churches, and peace in our hearts, when the world all around us spins out-of-control. Help us to stay focused on You, this Advent season and always. Thank You for loving the whole world enough to send the greatest gift, Your Son, so that we might truly have a very merry Christmas. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
~Steph Raquel, from “A Christmas Prayer for the Merry… and Not-So-Merry , Prov. 31 Ministries
4. An Advent Prayer for The Lord to Come
This Advent, Lord, come to the manger of my heart. Fill me with Your presence from the very start. As I prepare for the holidays and gifts to be given, Remind me of the gift You gave when You sent Your Son from Heaven. The first Christmas gift, it was the greatest gift ever. You came as a baby born in a manger.
Wrapped the gifts I find under my tree, Waiting to be opened, to reveal Your love to me. Restore to me the wonder that came with Jesus' birth, When He left the riches of Heaven and wrapped Himself in rags of earth. Immanuel, God with us, Your presence came that night. And angels announced, “Into your darkness, God brings His Light.
” “Do not be afraid,” they said, to shepherds in the field. Speak to my heart today, Lord, and help me to yield. Make me those shepherd boys, obedient to Your call. Setting distractions and worries aside, to You I surrender them all. Surround me with Your presence, Lord, I long to hear Your voice.
Clear my mind of countless concerns and all the holiday noise. Slow me down this Christmas, let me not be in a rush. In the midst of parties and planning, I want to feel Your hush. This Christmas, Jesus, come to the manger of my heart. Invade my soul Bethlehem, bringing peace to every part.Dwell within and around me, as I unwrap Your presence each day. Keep me close to You, Lord. It's in Your wonderful Name I pray.
~Renee Swope, “The Manger of My Heart” from Proverbs 31 Ministries