Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple


Advent Prayer, Day 15: Rejoice!

posted by nsymmonds

By Claudia Mair Burney

The third Sunday of Advent

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.” Philippians 4:4 (NRSV)
 

This Sunday is called “Gaudete” Sunday, which means “rejoice” in Latin. Traditionally, we light the rose colored candle on our Advent wreaths, and the warm, hint of crimson reminds us of how close we are to Christmas. Joy infuses our expectation this week. The coming of Christ is very near. Our focus shifts here, and we recall the reason for the season: the innocent babe born in Bethlehem is the same one who will ransom us from our guilt, and save us from our sins.

God who saves us,
 

Prepare my heart to welcome Jesus, and remove every trace of sadness that may blunt the joy and hope your presence will bring. Like your mother’s was, my life is fraught with difficulties. Help me remember her rejoicing, and pray as she did, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. For you have looked with favor on the lowliness of your servant; I am so blessed. Mighty One, you have done great things for me, and holy is your name. I need your saving grace, Lord, this week, and every day of my life.”

“Come, Lord Jesus.”



  • Beverly

    Each day we are operating on new and wonderful grace! We each have our own GRACE.What a Mighty GOD we sreve. Blessings and Peace be upon us all.

Previous Posts

Agree to Agree in Prayer
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. Matthew 18:19 Mark and I are opposites in most things: we came from opposite parts of the country, we are almost opposite Myers Briggs temperaments, our churche

posted 11:02:27am Jan. 30, 2015 | read full post »

Sticks and Stones Hurt, But Tongues Hurt More
Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Genesis 1:3 The tongue has the power of life and death. Proverbs 18:21 This month we are praying about communication in marriage. Scripture tells us that words are not mere nothings. They have creative power. As human beings made in God

posted 10:47:37am Jan. 29, 2015 | read full post »

God Raises Dead Marriages to Life Again
My dove is hiding behind the rocks, behind an outcrop on the cliff. Let me see your face; let me hear your voice. For your voice is pleasant, and your face is lovely. Song of Songs 2:14 Where did the love go that was once so evident and strong? It eludes us along the marriage path sometimes. It tak

posted 1:42:19pm Jan. 28, 2015 | read full post »

Dare to Believe
“All things are possible to those who believe.." ~Jesus   All things... believe.    I want to be a true believer. Personally I find no greater challenge than to believe the impossible. Are you in an impossible situation today? Do you need a miracle? All things are possible... We must fi

posted 10:09:18am Jan. 28, 2015 | read full post »

Speaking Hard Truths... In Love
Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Ephesians 4:15 This month we have prayed for marriages, particularly in the area of communication. God's Word instructs us to "speak the truth," but it doesn't stop t

posted 11:49:13am Jan. 27, 2015 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.