A Prayer for Orienting Our Hearts During Advent

     Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things. 1 Peter 1:10-12 (NIV)

Dear Lord Jesus, Advent has just begun, and I am praying it will be a season marked more by hush than rush. If I’m going to be busy with anything, may it be with quieting my heart, focusing my gaze, and setting my affection on things above—especially on you—the Author and Perfecter of my faith; the Source and Lord of my salvation; the Fountain and Fullness of all Grace.

Grant me the same intensity and care the prophets invested in searching out the promises of your coming. May old Scriptures come alive in profoundly new ways during this Advent season. Jesus, show me more of yourself throughout the Bible. Humble and gladden my heart with the realization that the prophets were serving me—even me, when they spoke of your coming, your sufferings, and the glories that would follow.

And if angels were on “tiptoes with joy”—as they pondered your coming, so renew my awe and joy as well. I will never cease giving you thanks for those you sent into my life to preach the gospel to me, by the power of the Holy Spirit. I will ever praise and worship you, Lord Jesus, for granting me the knowledge of my need and a love for yourself. Apart from the new birth, I would forever be a prisoner to my old life. O, come, O come Immanuel, and bring even greater freedom to my heart, and glory to yourself. So very Amen I pray, in the wonders of your love and the trustworthiness of your name.