Prayer for Advent Week 1

Sometimes having special prayers for Christmas helps us refocus on themes that we have forgotten, or shows us things we have forgotten. Here is a prayer for the first week of Advent, as we remember the theme of hope:

 

Lord Jesus, so often during this time of year we are tempted to not focus on you. We have so much to do, so much to prepare for, and the stress is often harder than we can bear. We are tempted to think that if we do not have control of everything right now, nothing will work out. Remind us that in the end, our hope is not in the little things we do now. Our hope is in you, the perfect lamb of God, who was prophesied for hundreds of years and came exactly when you were supposed to. You were there before the world was created, you died on earth and came back to life, and sit at God the Father’s right-hand today. Help us remember the inheritance we have as your followers, and that regardless of our circumstances, that inheritance does not change. Show us how to put our hope in you this day, and find the long view of reality we need. We ask for these things in your name, Amen.