“Do not be afraid,” the prophet answered.

“Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6:16-17 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, we do/will experience challenging stretches in our journey Home. But, thankfully, we’ll never experience a Christ-absent day. As you opened the eyes of a fearful King to see your hand and heart all around him, we ask you to do the same for us in this upcoming season of Advent.

Not only are “those with us more than those with them,” but greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4). May your perfect love drive out our fears and your passing-all-understanding peace calm our hearts. May your more-than-sufficient-grace sabotage anything the devil might throw at us.

When we’re tempted to doubt your awareness and care, bring us back to Gospel-sanity. You met our greatest need with your greatest gift. Jesus is our full forgiveness and our perfect righteousness; our hope of glory and peace in life. He is the Ruler of the kings of the earth; and sovereign over our sorrows, stories, and “situations.” We are never without an Advocate, Intercessor, and Friend.

Legions of angels answer Jesus’ bidding, demons flee his presence, and hurricanes become zephyrs at his speaking. Father, we don’t ask for visions of horses and chariots of fire. Just show us more of Jesus. During the entire season of Advent, may Jesus’ beauty, love, and presence be more compelling to us than anything or anybody else. So very Amen we pray, in his tender and triumphant name.