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5 Beautiful Prayers to Pray at the Advent Wreath

  • Meg Bucher Writer and Author
  • 2020 24 Nov
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The Advent season celebrates the coming of Jesus Christ, the long-awaited Messiah. With God in the beginning, the Son of God was born on earth amidst humble circumstances, in order to serve and save mankind. The Advent wreath is a symbol of the season, with a candle lit each of the four Sundays leading up to, and on Christmas Day. The light of the flickering candle flames reminds us who Jesus is: “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:4-5).

Why You Should Celebrate Advent (even if your church is virtual)

The Advent wreath is traditionally lit during a church service but can be equally as impactful virtually. Minimal supplies are needed to make an Advent wreath at home, and no wreath is necessary to recognize the light and peace Christ brought to earth! We celebrate Advent, not only in anticipation of the first Christmas but of each new life in Christ. He presently comes to us, and He will come again!

This year, as we reconcile the reliability of human traditions and plans, the church of God is still moving, helping, and loving others around the world in the name of Christ Jesus. Celebrating Christ’s coming is important. Preparing our hearts renews our hope and reminds us of our mission.

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Here Are 5 Beautiful Prayers to Pray at the Advent Wreath:

A Prayer for Peace

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

Isaiah’s ancient prophesy remains relevant as we anticipate Christ’s coming. “All peace comes from the Lord, and he is the foundation of peace,” Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary explains, “This peace comes as a result of restored righteousness. And in a glorious eschatological passage, the prophet Isaiah looks ahead to the birth of that child who will be ‘Prince of Peace.’ This is fulfilled in Jesus Christ, who is ‘our peace.’” Jesus connects all of humanity. Everyone comes to God, through Christ. By His grace, when we choose to turn to Him, initially and every time thereafter, peace ushers into the cracks and crevices of our anxious and restless souls. Peace is completeness, soundness, welfare, and contentment.

Let us pray:

Dear Lord,

You are Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father! Father, You gave Jesus the name above all names. In the greatest expression of love of all time, You sent Your one and only Son, Jesus, to earth incarnate. You sent Him to suffer and sacrifice, to serve, and to save. We stand in awe of Your plans, purposes, and miracles, Father God, we humbly thank You for forming us, loving us, and making a way for us to come into Your presence. As we anticipate Jesus’ coming during the Advent season, we imagine the angst in Isaiah’s heart, as he prophesied of the coming Messiah. Jesus Christ unites us. Bless us, Spirit of God, with the Peace of Christ. The peace that transcends all understanding. Peace, though we walk through a difficult time of isolation and loss this year, will guide our hearts home to Your caring and compassionate embrace. We long for Your coming, Jesus! Fill our hearts with You … with peace.

In Jesus’ name, we pray,

Amen.

Additional Reading: Philippians 4:7

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A Prayer for Light

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” - John 1:1-5

God’s plan for the redemption and rescue of His children didn’t begin with Jesus’ cries as a babe in Bethlehem. Christ’s birth fulfilled Old Testament prophesy of the one God would send to save us. Messiah Jesus left heaven and chose to obey the Father’s will. He knows us, human to human. He was fully God, and fully man. Right here, on earth, God came down for us. This powerful truth is the core of what we anticipate during the Advent season.

Let us pray:

Father,

Glory to You, the One True God! Thank You for coming to earth, Jesus. Thank You for Your plan to rescue and redeem us, Father! Spirit, thank You for guiding us in wisdom and conviction. Let John’s divinely penned words sink deeply into our hearts, Father. We want to know You more each day. Keep revealing who You are to us, day by day as we edge closer to eternity with You. Thank You for salvation, forgiveness, mercy, and love. Thank You for leaving Scripture for us so we can read of Your miracles and experience Your divine presence in those pages. We confess to getting lost in the hustle of the season, and in the mourning of loss this year … of traditions we have grown to treasure and the company of family and friends. Father, we know You see us and care for us in this time, and that no matter what is happening on earth, Jesus is still King. His is our King, our Redeemer. Bless our hearts to be encouraged and full of new wonder this Advent season, Father.

In Jesus’ name, we pray,

Amen.

Additional Reading: Genesis 1

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A Prayer for Living Water

On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, “Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”’ Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” John 7:37-39 ESV

Christ is Living Water. Our lives flow through Him, and His sustaining Spirit through us. Living, in the original Greek, means to live, breathe, to enjoy real life. Life within the love of Christ is new life. Teachers usually sat, but Jesus stood up to deliver the message John recorded. “Since the Festival of Tabernacles celebrated God’s provisional water in the wilderness, for Jesus to claim he is living water means he is the fulfillment of the festival,” the NIV Study Bible explains, “Jesus is worthy of worship.”

Let us pray:

Father,

Glory to You, Abba, Yahweh, Jehovah, Elohim. You knit us and know us. All-knowing and everywhere at once, You hear every prayer and care for every heart. Jesus, our living water, we are in awe of Your powerful care and quiet compassion for us. Our days are littered with both comforting and convicting connections as we seek You, the Way, Truth, and Life. As we anticipate You, Jesus, this Advent season, we picture raging waters and calm seas and wonder how God is both. How all things were made and where we fit into Your Kingdom. Teach us to navigate the life we were purposed to live. Be our bright Beacon of Light so we don’t run aground; our buoyed channel so faithfully guiding us home safely, and our Living Water, ever sustaining us surpassing all we could have ever imagined or dreamt. We praise You for every minute You died to give us Yourself, Jesus. Thank You for coming to earth, swaddled in humble stature, to bring us Your living water.

In Jesus’ name, we pray,

Amen.

Additional Reading: Zechariah 14:8

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A Prayer for Truth

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:

‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel’ (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.” Matthew 1:18-25 ESV

Let us pray:

Father,

It is difficult to know what is true apart from You. As King David once sang, we, too, praise You for we are fearfully and wonderfully made! Great are your works, we know that full well! Father, thank You for leaving Scripture and its factual recording of Jesus’ birth for us to place our confidence in. We treasure the genealogies and fulfilled prophesy abounding in the pages of Your Truth. You are a mighty God and a caring Father. Father, may we never take for granted the powerful nuances and details in the way Jesus came to earth. Fill us with wonder and Your favor this Advent season. Now, more than ever before, we need Your presence, God. We wake each day in search of You. We depend on You for guidance, wisdom, encouragement, and hope. May the Peace of Jesus Christ reign in our hearts, despite our circumstances. We fully trust in You, and Your Truth.

In Jesus’ name, we pray,

Amen.

Additional Reading: John 1:14

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A Christmas Day Prayer

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!’” Luke 2:8-14 ESV

Jesus is a Savior for all people. Luke was a Gentile, and as he penned these divine words, he undoubtedly felt an emotional connection to God’s inclusion of all people. The scene of the shepherds is an important representation of the everyday people Christ came to save! Luke also wrote that Jesus came to seek and save the lost! (Luke 19:10Advent captures our longing for the peace and unity only Christ can provide.

Let us pray:

Father,

We long for unity and peace on earth, for justice and righteousness. Guide us and teach us to follow Christ and sanctify our hearts until the day we arrive home in heaven. Help us to see our neighbors, and all people, as the brothers and sisters they are! All children of the One True God. Father teach us to love one another. Help us to build bridges and reach across party lines. Let the forgiveness and mercy of Jesus Christ reign down over our circumstances. Love is paramount to the Kingdom of God. Let us love as we are loved, and experience the peace of Christ. Father, rain down miracles on this earth this Christmas. Jesus, we celebrate Your coming, Your presence, and Your future return! Bless our lives with Your love. May it flow through us like wildfire and may we sing Your praises as the angels who broke through the night sky to proclaim Your glory!

In Jesus’ name, we pray,

Amen,

Additional Reading: Luke 2:15-21

Advent is a time to celebrate the anticipation of Christ’s coming, but we don’t wonder if He will come. He came, and He remains with every Christ-follower through the Holy Spirit, and He will come again. God is in control, even when the world seems to be turned upside down. We can look forward in anticipation, during Advent and every day beyond, to our great God fulfilling every promise.

References
Mounce's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, Copyright © 2006 by William D. Mounce
NIV Study Bible, Copyright © 1985, 1995, 2002, 2008, 2011 by Zondervan.

Meg writes about everyday life within the love of Christ as an author, freelance writer, and blogger at Sunny&80. Her first book, “Friends with Everyone,”  is available on amazon.com. She earned a Marketing/PR degree from Ashland University but stepped out of the business world to stay at home and raise her two daughters. Besides writing, she leads a Bible Study for Women and serves as a Youth Ministry leader in her community. She lives in Northern Ohio with her husband, Jim, and two daughters.


This article is part of our larger Christmas and Advent resource library centered around the events leading up to the birth of Jesus Christ. We hope these articles help you understand the meaning and story behind important Christian holidays and dates and encourage you as you take time to reflect on all that God has done for us through his son Jesus Christ!

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