Showing posts with label Advent. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Advent. Show all posts

December 11, 2019

Bible Prayer to Prepare the Way for Christ


In this prayer from the Bible, the Jewish priest Zechariah praised God and prophesied over his son John, who was to prepare the way for the coming of Christ.

May this season of Advent help us to do the same as we make more and more room in our lives for the Lord Jesus.


Luke 1:68-70, 76, 77 – a prayer of Zechariah

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel;
for he hath visited and redeemed his people,

And hath raised up an horn of salvation
for us in the house of his servant David;

As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets,
which have been since the world began:

And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet
of the Highest: for thou shalt go before
the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;

To give knowledge of salvation unto his people
by the remission of their sins.

From the Book of KJV Prayers – actual prayers from God’s Word collected by Mary Harwell Sayler, ©2019, from the King James Version of the Bible

Luke 1:68-70, 76, 77 – a prayer of Zechariah

Blessed are You, Lord God of Israel!
You have visited us and provided
redemption for Your people!
You have raised up a mighty Savior
from the house of David,
just as You promised ages ago
through the holy prophets.

And, now my child will be
a prophet of the Most High
to go before the Lord
and prepare the way
for You to give people
good news of salvation
as You forgive our sins.


From the Book of Bible Prayersactual prayers of the Bible collected from a variety of English translations and paraphrased by Mary Harwell Sayler, ©2019



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.

Amen.

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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