Prayers, advents and more! In His Word 11-30-2020


Prayers, advents, and more… In His Word 11-30-2020

 I decided to go a little different with today's blog devotional post, I hope you enjoy celebrating Jesus, and learning a bit about traditions. 

 The Lord is my light and my salvation, so why should I be afraid? Psalm 27:1

I was reading up on why people celebrate the Advent season by lighting candles and what is the purpose. From what I have found it is a great way to count the weeks to Christmas, and it symbolizes the Light of the Word coming to break through the darkness. 

 It is a tradition of man, but it draws us into the new life of Christ, at Christmas. I think its great to keep focused right at this time of year. Some traditions we follow are not so great but as we learn more about Jesus we find it is good to do things that will share the Good News, or the Gospel Message with others any time we can! Let's focus on the beginning of the season with Jesus in mind! 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Paraphrased from John 1:1 and Genesis 1. You could read both first chapters and get an idea of why they are connected. 


We know that God created the World, and that He was there in the beginning. That is one of the focuses of the first week of Advent. The beginning. I found also that people pray during these weeks and especially for certain things.  The first week is a week of faithfulness and many people will not just light the candles required for that week, but they read specific verses and sing specific songs. It’s quite the tradition from what I have studied.

Whole congregations get involved in some and some also add in home time verses and studies in the subjects mentioned; faithfulness, hope, joy, love, and light.

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Give ear to my supplications! In Your faithfulness answer me, And in Your righteousness. Psalm 143:1


His faithfulness reaches to the heavens, and He is faithful to all generations!  We know our God is faithful because He continues to come through for us time and time again. He is always there and throughout the Bible it speaks of things He has done, people He has blessed, or helped, or healed, because of His faithfulness to His people.

Can we be faithful to count the weeks until we celebrate Jesus’ birth? Is it something we need to be doing?  I think that if its what you want to do to stay focused on the reason we celebrate this season, well then its okay! Go ahead and light a candle and consecrate yourself, your family or your church unto God again. Lay aside time, fast if you feel lead, and focus on the subject matter that God gives you to pray for. Be faithful in this!

Thank God for His goodness, His faithfulness to all generations! The new year is ahead and many are hoping this year’s troubles will leave. I really do not want to admit but I do not think its going to be instant January 1st suddenly we are all free of illness unless God intervenes and does a major miracle over the whole earth!

Now we know He can do it, and if He wills to the I am sure He will , but it is not for us to say that we will solve the mystery of the illness in one month.  We must continue to obey the rules, follow the directions and do the things that God shows us to do. Keep worshiping even if its just at home. Keep sharing the Gospel Message anyway you can, stay faithful to serve Him, even in your small community of people. You do not have to forget to follow your faithful service to God just because there are limitations to big crowds.                 

Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.  And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:19-25


This section of the scripture actually covers many of the words in the Advent list I found online at a website from a church group. You can check into it yourself, just ask the search engine of your choice and be sure that its on a reputable site. Bible Hub is one and there are other ones Bible Gateway has links to as well. If you are meeting in person ask your Pastor about Advent and if your church celebrates or teaches about it. Most of all I say to make it your own, bring your people together, roommates, family or small group of friends and if you want to light a candle to represent the Light of the Word, then do so! Just remember that it’s not about ritual but about the focus on Christ. Read the Story of Jesus’s birth from Luke 2! That is what we used to do in Home Schooling days. Each day we read a portion and focused on Jesus. 

The definition of Advent is the coming of a notable person; the Christian theology version is that it is the coming of Christ! Or some say the second coming of Christ to be precise. Either way celebrate the Lord Jesus as you celebrate the season!

Heavenly Father, thank you for being faithful to draw us near to You today. Help us to keep our minds and hearts on You and the greatness that You gave us that we celebrate this month. Help us to not focus on ourselves, but on how we can live a life pleasing to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.