This Advent, I’m using my Monday devotional emails to encourage us all to pray God’s Word back to Him. Below is a passage of Scripture and a prayer I’ve written from that text. I invite you to read the Scripture, pray the prayer, and then say your own prayer from the passage. Also, I’d love to pray your prayer, too. Send me your personal prayer at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can pray through Scripture together!
“Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.” (1 Thessalonians 5:1–6, NIV)
Lord, I am waiting for Your return with anticipation. I don’t know when it will be, but unknown is not the same as unexpected. I pray for those who do not know You as their Lord and Savior because the Day of the Lord will not be a good day for them. Those who do not expect You to come again will be caught unawares, and it will be too late at that point for them to put their trust in You for salvation. Holy Spirit, I specifically name ******, ******, and ****** (names removed for confidentiality) and pray for their salvation. Speak to them today and draw them to Christ so that He can bring them out of darkness into His marvelous light!
Thank You, God, for saving me. Grant to me the power of Your Holy Spirit to live as a child of the light, awake to the spiritual realities of our world. Help me to not be distracted this Christmas season by parties, presents, visits, vacations, food, or fun. Rather, let me live in light of Your return, fully expecting You to come again at any moment, and shining Your light in the dark places of this world.