Prayer of the Month
An Advent Prayer for the Lord to Come
The word 'Advent' comes from Latin and means "coming; its purpose is to look forward to the coming of Christ to Earth; it was a season that focused on waiting. So, Advent means something new is coming. The dawn of a new and better era. This is really what the Christmas season is all about. It’s the celebration of the Advent of a new era. God broke into time and space and entered our world as a tiny baby, and as I know only too well from recent events in my life of a newborn baby is so precious and the most amazing gift that can be given.
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 like 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 like 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 like 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.