Prayer For The Fourth Week of Advent 2009

Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation,
that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a
mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

The Season of Advent is almost over. The waiting has almost come to an end, the time of fulfillment is at hand. What the prophets saw and foretold is about to come to pass. And yet… still we are waiting.

Sometimes waiting comes with an ache in our souls. Sometimes waiting brings joy and excitement. Sometimes there is a mixture of both ache and anticipation as we wait for the Messiah to come. We remember with the saints of old the waiting they endured prior to the coming of Jesus the Messiah. And now they watch with us as we wait for the coming again of the same Jesus.

And what should be our response? What should be our attitude and posture as we wait for this coming, this advent, this parousia?

We purify ourselves, and we cry out for the daily experience and in-breaking of Messiah’s presence, because at the end of the day (and the end of time for that matter), our living and waiting is a preparation of ourselves for Him.

The time is short. God is not slow in keeping His promises. The Spirit and the Bride do say “Come!” So we say “Come, Lord Jesus! Come!” Our waiting is not in vain. The fufillment of all that has been in the Father’s heart through His Son is upon us. And so we pray:

Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation,
that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a
mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

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