Strong Prayers For Advent

‘Tis the season to be jolly and waiting for the Messiah’s arrival. I’m sure you’ve found that your prayers tend to reflect what’s happening around you in life. If you’re one of those people who finds it hard to pray when things are going well, then Advent is the time for you! The anticipation of Christ’s birth brings many exciting events as we prepare our hearts and homes for His arrival, and it can sometimes leave your prayer life feeling a little lackluster. But don’t worry—I’ve got some great tips on how to keep your prayers strong during this magical season:

Strong Prayers For Advent

1. *O Come, O Come Emmanuel*

O come, O come Emmanuel

And ransom captive Israel

That mourns in lonely exile here

Until the Son of God appears.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel*

Shall come to you o Israel.

The Advent Season is over and Christmas is upon us once again. As we prepare for the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, let us remember that He came to free us from sin and death and bring peace to this world. Let us also remember that His return will be a time of great joy when all tears will be wiped away by His presence forevermore.

2. *Light of the World*

The words of “Light of the World” by Michael W. Smith are as follows:

“Christ, the Light of the world, is now come;

Let every heart prepare Him room, and heaven and earth adore Him!”

The song was written by Walter Hawkins and Edwin Hawkins. The original version was performed by The Edwin Hawkins Singers on their 1970 album Bless His Holy Name. “Light of the World” has been covered by a number of artists since then including Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Bryan White, and others.

It has become one of my favorite songs to sing at Christmas as it highlights several important aspects of Jesus’ birth that reflect similar themes found throughout Scripture: 1) God’s love for us; 2) Christ’s coming into our world through his mother Mary (the “virgin”); 3) how God came down from heaven to live among us; 4) Christ’s life being lived out in service to others (as depicted in verse 5); 5) His sacrifice for sin on our behalf which allows us access into heaven when we die; 6) that He will return someday soon when He visibly reigns over all creation with justice/mercy for all people who believe in Him alone for salvation; 7) how Christians should be living now according to these things so that they might share them with others around them who do not know Christ yet.”

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3. *Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55)*

The Magnificat is a song of praise that Mary sings to God, which she says at the time of the Annunciation. It is one of the canticles, or songs, that are included in the daily office or breviary readings for Advent and Christmas. The Magnificat is often sung as part of Evensong on Sunday during Advent as well as at other times during this season.

The Magnificat was written by St. Luke in his Gospel account of Jesus’ birth (1:46-55). This passage tells how Gabriel appeared to Mary while she was still living with her parents in Nazareth and told her that she would give birth to God’s son who would be called Jesus Christ (1:30-33). In her Magnificat response, Mary praises God because he has done great things for her (1:49), including choosing her above all others to be his mother.

4. *The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy*

In the Gospel of Luke, the angel Gabriel visits Mary and tells her that she will bear a son. He also says that this son will be called Jesus and that he will save his people from their sins.

The virgin birth is important because it shows us how God’s plan works: his power overcomes our sinfulness; he brings life out of death; he brings new life where there has been none before. The virgin birth reveals God’s mercy toward us in Christ—and his purpose to redeem us all through him and with him forever (Romans 3:23–24).

5. *God Is With Us*

Pray that God is with you in all things. Pray that he will take the hand of your suffering, and lead you through it so that it causes no harm. Pray that he will give you peace, even when darkness threatens to overwhelm you. Pray that he will remind you of his promises and keep them safe for your future to hold close like a child holds a teddy bear.

Think about how many times in your life God has helped you or brought someone else into your life at just the right moment; think about how many times he has reminded himself of who he is by reminding others; think about how much more often this happens now than it did before when we were younger because we have more experience now!

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6. *Behold, A Branch Is Growing*

The branch is a symbol of the Lord. It is a symbol of His incarnation. It is also a prophetic symbol, pointing to His return, and it represents mercy and forgiveness. The branch has grown because God has been merciful to us in sending His Son Jesus into this world; if we continue to endure trials and persecute others, then there may be no growth after all.

7. *The Coming of the Lord*

You may be familiar with this hymn, “O Come, O Come Immanuel!” It expresses the longing for Christ’s return and was often sung during Advent. As you think about it this Advent season, consider what this hymn means to you personally. Chances are it will remind you of one or more promises that God has made: that He will never leave us (Deuteronomy 31:6), that He is always with us (Matthew 28:20) and that He will come back again (John 14:3).

8. *Behold Our God*

In this song, one of the most popular Advent hymns, we are invited to meditate upon God’s majesty and His amazing power. We are encouraged to reflect on how He has kept His promises of hope and salvation for us. This is a wonderful prayer because it reminds us that we can trust God in all things, even when we feel like our faith is failing us.

The song begins by declaring that: “Behold our God! He gives His grace.” The chorus repeats these words several times; each time emphasizing how great God’s love really is when compared to ours. Then comes the bridge of this song which says: “What wondrous love must fill your heart! What wondrous grace did you impart!” These lyrics remind you that despite your weaknesses or shortcomings in life, there is nothing wrong with having faith in Jesus Christ who lives within each one of us (2 Corinthians 13:5).

9. *O Come, All Ye Faithful*

“O Come, All Ye Faithful” is a traditional Christmas carol that dates back to the Middle Ages. Its melody comes from an old French song called “Adeste Fideles,” which means “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” The lyrics were written by John Mason Neale in 1851 and were inspired by a hymn he wrote for a sermon entitled “Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern.”

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The beautiful hymn is especially fitting as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas time. It calls us all to prepare our hearts for His coming:

O come, let us adore Him;

Christ, the Lord with us abide.

10. *Come Thou Long Expected Jesus*

This hymn is from the Advent liturgy. It’s a prayer in which we wait for the coming of the Lord, it is a prayer of hope, and it’s also a prayer that God will come to us. This is an important thing to remember about Advent; it’s not just about what we do or how much good we can do ourselves, but rather how open we are to let God come into our lives and change us.

11. Advent is a time to reflect on the Lord’s incarnation and future return.

Advent is a time to reflect on the Lord’s incarnation and future return. The Church uses Advent in order to prepare its members for the celebration of Christmas, which celebrates Jesus’ birth on earth.

Advent focuses on:

  • The season of waiting, a time when we wait for God’s promise of salvation fulfilled by Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem
  • The Lord’s coming in judgment against evil, which will be fulfilled at His second coming

Closing

Advent is a time for preparing the body and soul for the coming of Jesus Christ. It is a wonderful opportunity to deepen your faith and strengthen your relationship with God through prayer. We hope you found these inspiring prayers helpful in your quest to grow closer to Him, as well as helping prepare others for His return at Christmas!

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