Devotion and Prayer for Week of December 4, 2011

Meditation for the week beginning December 4, 2011

 Come Lord Jesus!

Many people are familiar with the common table prayer that begins, “Come Lord Jesus, be our guest…” This invitation to come is one that is appropriate at this time of year.  For the Christian church has entered the season of Advent.  Advent is word derived from the Latin, ‘adventus’ which means coming.  Advent then, is the season in which the coming of Jesus Christ is anticipated.

 

How do we get ready for someone who is coming to visit us, especially if that someone is a person who is very important?  Think about what you might have done at home.  You would have dusted and vacuumed at the very least.  It is likely you might have washed the floors and some of you might go so far as to wash the windows.  Then as the day of the VIP’s visit you certainly would have showered and cleaned up and maybe even have put on your best clothes.  As a good host or hostess, you might have gone so far as to prepare a special meal or at least a small snack for your visitor.

 

Advent in the church has this same type of emphasis; it is a season of preparation.  So it is time for us to do a bit of spiritual house cleaning.  Think as you prepare your heart and minds for the coming of your savior.  So Advent in one sense is a time of sorrow for our sins and an effort to turn away from those sins and resolve to do better.  It is also a time of happiness and joy because we are going to have a very special visitor in house.  This explains why at this time of year we put up special decorations to make our home look especially nice and homey.

 

Now when we think about how Jesus is coming we think about in two different ways.  First we anticipate His incarnation, His coming in the flesh.  This is the wonderful story we will consider at Christmas.  How Jesus came to earth as a baby, born to a young virgin girl, in a lowly stable in Bethlehem.  Jesus came down from heaven and put flesh on and lived just like we do, except without sin.  But His life was directed to the cross at Calvary where He suffered and died to save us from our sins.  This was His first coming.  And we celebrate and prepare for that each year.

 

But more importantly we now prepare for Jesus’ second coming.  Since we know Jesus rose from the dead and lives, lives eternally and He has promised to come again. We look forward to this second coming at the end of time. Jesus will return and all those who have confessed Jesus as Lord and Savior will go to Him and live with Him for all eternity.  We look forward to this second coming and the new life it brings for us.

So let us pray, come Lord Jesus come!

Our Weekly Prayer

O Lord God, we ask you to help us prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Forgive us our sins and turn our hearts and minds to love you and follow your will for our lives.  Help us to prepare for the greatest gift ever, that of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.  Strengthen us in our faith, so that we may earnestly and sincerely pray. Come Lord Jesus, come.  Amen.