The advent of something means that it’s finally here. You might be waiting for the advent of a new iPhone or for the advent of cloning, the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.
The advent season surrounding Christmas is about the arrival of Jesus, the Son of God. It is a time of waiting and preparing our hearts — a time to feel the desperation of the people of God as they waited for the Messiah — a time to be reminded that we should be equally desperate for Christ to return.
Waiting for God cannot be like that kind of waiting which thinks: “It would be wonderful if He came; but if He doesn’t come, then we must go on living without Him.” It’s not ok if He doesn’t come. We must have Him to live. That’s the kind of desperation we should have during Advent.
During this season, we are inviting you to join us in a time of focused prayer. We’re asking God to show up this Christmas and make Himself known in a way we have never experienced before. It is a recognition that our community and our world are in desperate need of God.
Join us in a commitment to pray for 30 days (Nov. 25th – Dec. 25th) for five minutes a day with five central prayers (detailed below.) These five prayers are relevant to any community anywhere. Maybe you know someone who needs a miracle. Maybe you know someone who is currently dis-tant from God. Christmas is a time to pray for miracle in their lives and in our world.
We encourage you to commit to this season of prayer as a family. If you spent five minutes during over dinner, your whole household can support one another in this commitment.
We also encourage you to fast (give something up) once during the week. This can be a meal, a game, a television program, etc. Fasting can demonstrate to God your hunger for Him during this Christmas season.
The five areas of prayer focus are shown here. After that, we’ll add additional resources to help you pray and prepare to have the most meaningful Christmas ever. Revisit this page often for links to those resources.
Praying for Christ to Come This Christmas
5 Minutes — 30 Days — 5 Prayers
That God would comfort the broken, free the oppressed and heal those who are sick.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the cap-tives and release from darkness for the prisoners.
That God would make Himself known to those who feel disconnected from Him.
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and they will call him Immanuel – which means God with us. Matthew 1:22-23
That the youth of our community would be filled with life and hope.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10
That we would wait in desperation for God (as a child would wait for Christmas morning.)
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13
That this Christmas season, God would arrive in a way that we have never
They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” Mark 4:41
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