A Prayer for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

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Matthew 4:16

The people who live in darkness
have seen a great light,
and for those living in the land of the shadow of death,
a light has dawned.
—Matthew 4:16

Light up, O Lord, a brighter and stronger flame in the lamps of Your sanctuary.

Send the arrows of Your quiver deep into our conscience. 

Clothe Your priests with salvation, that Your saints may shout aloud for joy! Anoint them with Your Holy Spirit, that the aroma of Your grace may spread throughout all Your tabernacles, like fragrant oil poured on the head of Aaron. 

Lead us, O Lord, in the way everlasting. Make us resemble our great Master, more and more, as we show grace to others.  

Sanctify our hearts by Your grace, that we may be as trees bearing good fruit, or like fountains of pure streams. That is the path to lay up good treasure—it is the way for holiness and compassion to spring forth in freedom, to refresh and give life to everyone around us. 

May Your grace animate our souls, Lord. May nothing stand in the way of faithfulness even to death, or deprive us of the crown of life Your grace has promised. 

May we receive all those who faithfully proclaim Your word, and welcome them in the name of Jesus. Amen. 

—Prayers of the Puritans

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47 thoughts on "A Prayer for the Fourth Sunday of Advent"

  1. Brandy Deruso says:

    We thank you lord

  2. Lindsey M says:


  3. Shaena Elizabeth says:

    Liana I too am a nurse, not working directly with COVID patients but with mental health patients, I am so glad you are here with us and I am so glad the Holy Spirit is calling you to the word, and that you are showing obedience to the call! I am learning that during my darkest seasons I see the light of Christ shine the brightest. I pray you see the bright light and hope of Christ during this dark season ❤️

  4. K D says:

    Oh how wonderful Tam.

  5. Kathryn Worley says:

    I loved this quote from Sunday’s reading:

  6. Teri Collier says:

    Liana, God has given you the strength, the determination and the faithfulness to do your job. I can’t even imagine what you go through every day. It has to be hard. I am not in that field because I couldn’t do it. You are very special to have been chosen by our strong, faithful and determined God to take such loving care of the Covid patients. Lean on Him, talk to Him as he gives you what you need to make it through this pandemic. I’m pray for you and all the health care workers.

  7. Karen Roper says:

    This is so true as it happened to each of us in our salvation moment❤️❤️❤️