Scripture for the First Sunday in Advent

I’ll be posting a Scripture and short prayer for every day of Advent. These are from Advent prayers I posted several years ago to a prayer chain in my parish.  I hope you’ll join me in these short devotions.

1 John 2:15-16

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world —the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—­comes not from the Father but from the world.

Lord, we come to you on this first day of Advent admitting that we often become apathetic in our spiritual lives. Instead of making You our top priority, we succumb to the busy-ness of the world. Yet You have told us in your Holy Word that if we love the world, the love of You is not in us. Renew our hearts through the Holy Spirit during this holy season, Lord. Focus our minds on serving You in that part of Your Kingdom where we live and serve. This we ask in the name of Your Son, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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