Here is a guide for prayer that I compiled for my family to using this Advent. I’m happy to share it with you. I’d love to hear if you find it useful as well.
Advent Family Prayer
Lord, let your faithful love be with us,
because we wait for you. (Psalm 33:22)
Advent Candle Lighting
We light this candle as a sign of the coming light of Christ.
Tonight we light the candle of Hope.
We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. (Psalm 33:20)
Week 2 add
We light the candle of Peace.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:9)
Week 3 add
We light the candle of Love.
We love because God first loved us. (1 John 4:19)
Week 4 add
We light the candle of Joy.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)
Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Prayer before the meal
God of grace, ever faithful to your promises,
the earth rejoices in hope of our Saviour’s coming
and looks forward with longing to his return at the end of time.
Prepare our hearts to receive him when he comes,
for he is Lord forever and ever. Amen.
Sharing the meal
Mealtime question: What does the Scripture reading say? For what do we wait?
Prayer after the meal
Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee. Amen.