The timing of Advent is a little unusual this year as Christmas Eve lands on a Sunday. So there aren’t 4 full weeks from the first Sunday—December 3rd—to the 4th Sunday—December 24th. I know, it’s complicated. Regardless, the 4th Sunday of Advent traditionally focuses on love. And what better way to celebrate the eve before our Savior’s birth? So join me in this prayer for the 4th week of Advent praising God for His unfailing love.
This prayer is taken from Guideposts’ “5 Advent Prayers” by Bob Hostetler.
Loving God, You demonstrated Your love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. I trust in Your unfailing love; surely Your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Teach me to love You with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind and with all my strength, and to love my neighbor as myself.
Teach me even to love my enemies, and do good to those who hate me, as Jesus commands. Help me to remain in Your love. Help me to do everything in love, as I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Amen (Romans 5:8; Psalm 13:5, 23:6; Mark 12:30-31; Luke 6:27; John 15:9; 1 Corinthians 16:14; Galatians 2:20).
Now listen to a snippet of this Advent meditation from Abide on love from John 3:16-19.
Pray this prayer for the 4th week of Advent as you set your mind on the coming of Jesus. May these last few days before Christmas find you filled with hope, joy, peace, and love that comes from the Father of Lights.
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