Advent Intercession & Commitment

Here’s an Advent prayer of intercession and commitment written by John van de Laar.  You can find other prayers and resources on his website,

Great God,
We need to remember
   that how things are now is not how they’ve always been;
   and it’s not how they always will be.
We need to remember
   that your kingdom has come,
   that it is growing among us now,
   and that the time will come
      when it fills the world with justice and love.

And so we pray for your coming,
   to those around the world
      whose poverty, pain, trauma, and grief
      make your kingdom feel like a pipe dream;
   to those in our community
      who long to see your love and justice
      expressed through your followers;
   to those in your Church
      who seek to be faithful and to make a difference
      while juggling the needs of themselves and their families;
   and to us,
      who long to know you more,
      and to live as citizens of your kingdom
         in this place and time.

May your coming be something we hope for,
   but also be something we experience
      moment by moment.

In Jesus’ Name;

— written by John van de Laar, on his excellent website. 

For more worship resources for the season of Advent, see this index of Advent Worship Resourcesor click on Advent 1, 2, 3, or 4 in the list of “Labels” at the lower right side of the page. 

For other prayers and prayer resources on this blog, see this Scriptural Prayer Index or this Topical Prayer Index.