December 4, 2019

A Bible prayer to begin Advent

This year, Advent began on the first day of December and will continue to Christmas week. The timing is appropriate since the very word “Advent” comes from a Latin root, which means “come” or “coming.” Therefore, this special season of the church calls on Christians from every part of the Body of Christ to prepare the way for the Lord in our individual and corporate lives. May Paul's prayer help us to get started in this year’s adventure into Advent:

1 Thessalonians 5:23–24, 28 – a prayer of Paul

Dear God,
sanctify us through and through –
through You –
our God of peace.

May our whole bodies,
souls, and spirits
be free of blame
at the coming
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
for You are faithful
and can do anything!

May the grace
of our Lord Jesus Christ
be with us all.

from the Book of Bible Prayersactual prayers collected from the Bible and paraphrased by Mary Harwell Sayler, ©2019

For those who prefer the King James Version of the Bible, here’s the same prayer, directly quoted from KJV.

1 Thessalonians 5:23–24, 28 – a prayer of Paul

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly;

and I pray God your whole spirit and soul
and body be preserved blameless unto
the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.


From the Book of KJV Prayersactual prayers collected by Mary Harwell Sayler, ©2019, from the King James Version of the Bible

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