The hope and expectancy of Advent

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The word Advent means “arrival.” Many Christian denominations observe Advent as a time of expectancy of the celebration of Jesus’ birth. Advent lasts for four Sundays, this year beginning Sunday, Nov. 28 and ending Friday, Dec. 24.

For many of us, Christmas is a time of running around from store to store and one special event to another. Advent teaches us to slow down and wait expectantly for Jesus.

When you think of hope and expectancy, does prayer come to mind? As Paul said in Philippians 4:6: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Jesus—the hope of the world—gave us a reason to pray and wait expectantly. Advent allows us to celebrate His miraculous birth as a baby in a manger and celebrate the promise of His return as a triumphant King.

As you await the celebration of the birth of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, meditate on these scriptures about expectant waiting:

“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope.”
Psalm 130:5

“No one who hopes in You will ever be put to shame.”
Psalm 25:3

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11

A prayer of expectancy:

Dear Father,

You are marvelous and worthy of our praise. We thank You and praise You for the miracle of Your Son’s birth. Thank You for bringing joy to the whole world! Teach us to pray in expectation, knowing that the same power that saves the world lives in us to accomplish even greater things, as Jesus promised in John 14:12.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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