First Week of Advent Devotionals
This week will be a little different. As we move through the first week of Advent, a time of expectation and preparation for the coming of Christ (Emmanuel: God with us), use this as a time of prayer and reflection. Each day will have an opening prayer, a time for a scripture reading, and a devotional prayer. Take your time, and use silence, music, or movement to compliment the sacredness of this time of preparation.
Christ, come into my life. Stir me up, so that whatever impedes your grace from working in me will be hastened by your mercy. Help me to live in your victory; help me to turn my needs over to you. Help me to see what I cannot, and learn of your hope so that I can see what it is that I am missing. Help me grow this day, to desire more of your freedom so I can let go of those things that impede me on my journey. I wait for you, Christ, to come; help me to live in that hope. Amen.
Read today’s scripture passage — (link above).
Christ, you are the wisdom and power I seek. Draw me near. Help me to see that I can walk worthily in ways that please God. Reveal yourself to me. Strengthen my faith and hope in your salvation, that I can live into the fullness that you created in me. I long to be free enough to trust that I can lean on you. Help me to trust in you; your strength and power are a gentle place of protection. (Silence)
God, I turn to you with all my needs. Not just mine, but people I know who are in need, friends, colleagues, and those in the world who are in need. Part of my Advent journey is about learning to hope – learning to imagine what I can’t see. Open my eyes. Help me journey through my day today, desiring freedom from a God who promises to save. Come and set us free. Help us to see more clearly. I prepare in me a place for Christ’s coming; I long to receive your justice, Lord God of power and might. Let your face shine on me. In Jesus name, Amen.
We encourage you to include a time of prayer with this reading. If you need a place to get started, consider the suggestions on the How to Pray page.