Father, As we enter into this Advent season, this season of waiting and expectation, we celebrate the gift we have in Jesus. Even as we long for Your arrival, we recognize that our hearts are prone to distraction. We are pulled in a thousand different directions by work or school or children or friends or achieving the perfect holiday. Teach us to center our hearts and minds on You. Help us recognize the signs of Your presence even in the comings and goings of our everyday lives. Meet us in our longing as we await the arrival of Your Son, and in the waiting, help us reflect the hope we have in Jesus. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Week One Prayer
My peace I give to you.
- Thank God for the hope we have in Jesus.
- Share your hopes for this season with God.
- Ask God to help you persevere through the stress that often comes with the holiday season.
Need a reminder that Jesus is our hope and peace in the midst of a crazy holiday season? Write out these Peace Card verses on notecards to carry with you or hang on a mirror or refrigerator!
Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
My peace I give to you. John 14:27
For God is not a god of confusion but of peace. 1 Corinthians 14:33
Now may the Lord of Peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
The peace of God will guard your hearts and your minds. Philippians 4:7
For He himself is our peace. Ephesians 2:14
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These are the truths that the world (and myself) need to hear right now more than ever. God, give us courage and conviction to share the hope that we have to those around us.
In John 14:27, Jesus leaves and gives us peace! Then he states do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. This was not a suggestion but a command. My hope this season is that I make Jesus my peace, cast my cares upon him, resting and living carefree in front of God. I must trust Him.
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