25 Family Prayers to Pray Each Day of Advent

25 Family Prayers to Pray Each Day of Advent

25 Family Prayers to Pray Each Day of Advent

Christians celebrate Christmas to honor the birth of Jesus, God’s Son, on Earth. It is the long-anticipated event in the Christian faith; the Messiah was born in a manger to a virgin mother, fulfilling ancient prophesy and setting off a chain of events to save the world from sin. During this special Advent season, join us in daily prayer and reflection. Because of Jesus, He remains with us, always. Emmanuel, God with us. Here are prayers for each day of Advent, to pray on your own, with your family or with a group of friends. These 25 short advent prayers for your family will connect your heart and mind each day to the reason we have joy this holiday season, and give you hope for the age to come.
<strong>Day 1: An Advent Prayer to the Light of the World</strong>

Day 1: An Advent Prayer to the Light of the World

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” - Isaiah 9:2

“Light” represents the presence of God. God spoke through Isaiah, hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth, to tell His people Jesus would be “light” for everyone. 

Father, 

The way you spoke through Isaiah hundreds of years before Jesus was born is amazing! It helps us to understand your omnipresence and your plan from the beginning of time. Help us to understand your light, and what it means to be in your presence. We want to live in your light, Father, and we want to be a reflection of the light of Christ to others. Jesus came to be a light to all of us, not just a certain people group. He came to brighten up all of our days. Help us to discover this light in us, Father, and shine brightly for your kingdom!

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

Day 2: An Advent Prayer to Our Wonderful Counselor 
 

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” - Isaiah 9:6

Ancient names and titles have rich and deep meanings. These four names given to the Messiah - Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace - specifically describe his character. 

Father, 

We are in awe of who you are, and who Jesus is. May we understand more each and every day of Advent what these names in Isaiah 9:6 mean and grow closer to our Savior Jesus as we learn more about Him. Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. Wonderful Counselor, thank you for being the one who marvelously works all things out for our good and God’s glory. Help us have a better glimpse and understanding of your magnificent power and miraculous nature.

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

Day 3: An Advent Prayer to the Root of Jesse

“In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.” - Isaiah 11:1

"I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star." - Revelation 22:16

Only a small remnant of God’s people remained during Isaiah’s time, but out of a seemingly impossible situation would come the Savior of the world.  

Father, 

Thank you for our Root of Jesse, our bright Morning Star. Thank you that out of the smallest remnant you brought your son, and that he has ushered the way for all tribes, tongues and nations to know you and rejoice with you one day in Eternity. As we look to the past to see how you have fulfilled your promises to us, let us look to the future with hope and certainty that we will one day be in the presence of the Root of Jesse.

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

Day 4: An Advent Prayer for the Spirit to Rest on and in Us

“The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him- the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord.” - Isaiah 11:2

Predicted hundreds of years earlier in Isaiah, John the Baptist witnessed the Spirit descending on Jesus at His baptism. Today, we have that same Spirit in us, helping us take hold of the mighty faith we proclaim.

Father, 

Advent is a time to prepare our hearts for Christmas. Let the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, counsel and of might, knowledge and fear of the Lord, be with us and direct us during this special season of celebration for the gift that Jesus is. Help us to understand and obey you by listening and paying attention to the Holy Spirit’s presence in us as believers and followers of Jesus Christ. 

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

Day 5: An Advent Prayer of Praise for the Prophetic Word of Truth

“…I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning …” - Luke 1:3

Luke, a doctor, was familiar with investigating facts. His account, and many others, reveal that Jesus’ life not only fulfilled over 300 Biblical prophesies, but is historical fact. 

Father,

The Bible is not just a bunch of stories. It is the truth. Help us to embrace the historical significance of Scripture, and strengthen our trust in you to explain the parts we don’t understand, in your perfect timing. Advent should create in us a hope rooted in Jesus Christ, as we discover who he is in the Bible. As we connect the Old and New Testaments of Scripture, knowing we can trust your Word as absolute truth, let Jesus come alive in us like never before.

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

<strong>Day 6: An Advent Prayer of Praise for the Life of Jesus</strong>

Day 6: An Advent Prayer of Praise for the Life of Jesus

“Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth with bear you a son, and you are to call him John.” - Luke 1:13

When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.Luke 1:41

Father,

It is a joy to discover the way You pieced together Jesus’ earthly family. He had brothers, sisters, and cousins, just like we do! Though Savior of the world, He experienced life on earth as we do. Because of this, we can relate to Jesus in a special way. He truly knows how we feel and understands both the best and hardest parts of living on Earth. We’re thankful that Jesus’ calls us friends, and that he has grafted us into his family. He is always with us. We are never alone.

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.  

Day 7: An Advent Prayer against Unbelief 

“I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.” - Luke 1:19-20

Father,

Forgive us for our unbelief. We, like Zechariah, have a hard time believing things we cannot see or make sense of ourselves. Jesus said he came so that we would live life to the full (John 10:10), but we can’t experience that fullness when we doubt you and your ways. Help us to trust you, Father. Increase our faith! We want to live life to the full. Teach us, as we prepare our hearts this Advent season, how to embrace the truth of Christ in order to fully live. 

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

Day 8: An Advent Prayer to Take Hold of Our Faith

“Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father, David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” - Luke 1:30-33

The angel’s news fulfilled the prophecy in Isaiah: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and, will call him Immanuel.” - Isaiah 7:14

Father, 

Today we remember the earthly mother of Jesus and thank you for her example of great faith and trust in you. “‘How will this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?” Let our response to impossible situations be like Mary’s, inquisitive, but not doubtful of what our great God is capable of. “For no word from God will ever fail.” (Luke 1:35). Lord, help us take hold of the same hopeful faith Mary had, when she responded, “I am the Lord’s servant …May your word to me be fulfilled.” For you have great things in store for those who say ‘yes’ to you, God!

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

Day 9: An Advent Prayer of Praise That God Has Prepared a Way for Us!

“This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David.” Matthew 1:1 

Father,

Only you could orchestrate forty-two generations of storied history and fulfilled prophesy leading up to the promised Messiah, Jesus Christ. We are in AWE of your great plan for us. Each name we read in Scripture has a story attached, to help us learn more about who you are and who we are as yours. This Advent season, grow in our hearts a love and appreciation for your compassionate heart toward us. Thank you for preparing the way for us, and sending your only Son, Jesus, to save us. Great are you, LORD.

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

Day 10: An Advent Prayer to Leap for Joy This Christmas

“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice, she exclaimed: ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!’” Luke 1:41-42

Leaping was and is an expression of joy. Imagine, John in his mother’s womb divinely experiencing joy in the presence of Jesus!  

Father,

The Advent season causes us to anticipate the joy of Christmas morning. Our prayer today is that the joy we feel at Christmas will last throughout the year! Will you bless our minds and hearts to remember and celebrate Christmas joy all year-round?

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

<strong>Day 11: Mary’s Song: An Advent Prayer of Rejoicing</strong>

Day 11: Mary’s Song: An Advent Prayer of Rejoicing

My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.” - Luke 1:47-48 

“Mary’s Song” (Luke 1:46-56) begins with her sheer joy over the fact that God had noticed her. He is a personal God, and notices all of His children. 

Father,

On this day of Advent, we thank you for noticing us! Like Mary, we are blown away by the way you see all of us so personally. Jesus being born on Christmas means that our relationship with you can be personal through prayer, and your Word, and the Holy Spirit in us. Amazing is the way you created us and care for us so specifically. Like Mary, we praise you, Father, for WHO YOU ARE.

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

Day 12: Zechariah’s Song: An Advent Prayer on Preparation for Jesus’ Arrival

“And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, and to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” - Luke 1:76-79

“Zechariah’s Song” (Luke 1:68-80) is recorded after John the Baptist’s birth. When Zechariah obediently agreed his name should be John, and not a family name, his trust in God restored his speech! 

Father,

Advent is a special time in which we prepare for Jesus’ birth. Even the birth of John, the one who would prepare the way for Jesus, was special. And how compassionate was your heart to restore Zechariah’s speech, giving him another chance to be faithful! Nothing you do, Father, is a coincidence. We love discovering you in the Christmas story of Jesus. Help us to remember that your work in our lives is just as special and specific. 

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

Day 13: An Advent Prayer to Believe the Truth of the Good News

“Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” - Matthew 1:20-21

Joseph didn’t want to embarrass Mary, but he did not believe her at first, and was still planning on divorcing her quietly before the angel visited him. 

Father, 

We remember Joseph today, and realize in a new way what courage it must have taken him to marry Mary! He didn’t believe her at first, Father, and nor do we believe people who are speaking truth to us sometimes. As the angel visited Joseph to clarify the truth and assure him the child was from the Holy Spirit, we pray to be able to hear Your voice clearly through whomever you choose to speak through in our lives. As we follow Christ in our daily lives, we pray to be obedient to you.

In Jesus ‘ Name,
Amen.

Day 14: An Advent Prayer for Obedience Even When It’s Hard

“So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.” - Luke 2:4

Joseph and Mary traveled to Bethlehem for a census decreed by Caesar for the entire Roman Empire, however, their location fulfilled Isaiah 9:7, “He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom …”

Father,

Every part of Christ’s birth story reflects a prophecy fulfilled. The faithfulness of Joseph and Mary is inspiring, and we pray to be obedient as they were. Life didn’t stop for them because You chose them for this important mission. They still had to go to Bethlehem for the census decreed by Caesar. But God, your purposes were greater, then and now. Help us to remember, when life is unfair and hard, you are still at work in our lives. And nothing can stop the work You have started.

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

Day 15: A Prayer of Praise to Our Immanuel, God Is with Us!

“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloth and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” - Luke 2: 6-7 

The simplicity of Jesus’ birth circumstances tells us a lot about Him. He didn’t come into this world in a palace, but in a stable …some say a cave used as a stable. 

Father,

Praise, glory and hallelujah for the birth of Christ our King! Help us to learn from the humble circumstances Jesus was born unto on earth. The lack of room for Mary and Joseph did not delay You from coming to earth to be with us. Immanuel means, “God with us.” You are a God of purpose, intention and perfect timing. Allow us to discover who you are through the birth of Jesus.

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

<strong>Day 16: An Advent Prayer for the “Shepherds” in Our Communities</strong>

Day 16: An Advent Prayer for the “Shepherds” in Our Communities

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.” - Luke 2:8-9

“Shepherd” was not a glamorous job. Shepherds were dirty and smelly from tending their sheep, and a lower class in society. Yet the angel appeared to them! Who in your communities are the ones who are looked down on, to whom the glorious good news might have come to today?

Father, 

The care and compassion to allow shepherds, who were not looked upon very highly in their day, to witness an angel and Your glory, teaches us You value all of us no matter what we do and how looked down upon we may be. This Advent season, open our eyes to see the “shepherds” in our lives and communities, and to love them as we would any other. Create in us hearts of compassion, and like the shepherds, hearts filled with awe of who you are. 

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

Day 17: A Prayer of Awe to Jesus Who Came Down from Heaven

“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid.’” - Luke 2:10

The fear the shepherds felt was the same fear that struck Zechariah when the angel visited him. God’s holiness creates a reaction of awe when we are in the presence of his glory.

Father,

Many times, you tell us not to be afraid. Help us to understand the difference between fear of the things of this world, and fear in respectful awe of you. We want to fear you, God, meaning to be in awe of who you are and your love for us. Remind us that other things threatening to scare us will pass away. You promise to defend us, provide for us, and love us eternally. Jesus’ birth on earth and death on the cross is the greatest expression of your love for us. This Advent, let us be in awe of the plan you put in place to save us from our sin. A baby, born in a manger. your Son. Jesus Christ.

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

Day 18: A Prayer of Thankfulness That Jesus Took on Human Likeness

“I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” - Luke 2:10-11

The angel echoed Isaiah 43:11: “I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior.” 

Father,

Fill our hearts with the truth of the angel’s words. Because of Jesus, as believers we never have to be apart from you again. Thank you for giving us the gift of your Son. Jesus, thank You for taking on all of our sin by way of the cross. Thank you for walking the earth so you could understand how we feel, and comfort us the way no one else can. You truly are, a joy for all people. Let us not forget the joy and peace you give us through our salvation. Don’t let the weight of this world and the everyday stress of life cause us to forget it… or you.

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.  

Day 19: An Advent Prayer of Praise for the Signs and Wonders of Christmas

“This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” - Luke 2:12

The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. - Luke 2:20

Father, 

We praise You for giving us signs and wonders! For communicating to us through prayer and miracles. Help us to see your hand in this world, Father. You are always with us, guiding us, providing for us, and embracing us in your perfect love. We are the ones who get sidetracked by life and it’s distracting circumstances. May we stay focused on you intently this Advent season and beyond, knowing and trusting in Your work in our lives. Help us see the everyday miracles of your presence and provision in our lives. 

In Jesus’ Name,  
Amen.

Day 20: A Prayer to Declare God’s Glory in the Highest

“And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.’” - Luke 2:13-14

The angels sang praise to God in heaven, and of the unique peace believers in Christ experience in mind, body and soul.

Father,

Glory to God in the highest! Oh, Lord, how we want to experience your glory to the full, because there is nothing that compares to it. Nothing on earth, no person or accomplishment, can satisfy our souls completely. We were made to enjoy you and glorify you. Today we declare your glory! We see it in all the beautiful decorations of the season and the cheerful faces around us. We see your glory in all you have created. Help us glorify you today! 

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

<strong>Day 21: An Advent Prayer for God to Give Us the Courage to “Go” and “Tell” of Jesus.</strong>

Day 21: An Advent Prayer for God to Give Us the Courage to “Go” and “Tell” of Jesus.

“Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” - Luke 2:15

In their travels to see Jesus, the shepherds spread the word of what had happened.

Father, 

We are called to “go” and “tell” of the good news of Jesus. Just like the shepherds on the night of our Savior’s birth, we are called to go shine light in dark places by speaking of Jesus, and living in such a way that our lives reflect his glory at work in us. But Father, it costs us to follow Christ, and we often lack courage. Give us a boost of bravery when we need it, to remember the shepherds awe and how they couldn’t help but spread the good news of Christ’s birth. Let us be so full of Your love that we cannot contain it.

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

Day 22: An Advent Prayer to Treasure All These Things In Our Heart

“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” - Luke 2:19

The observance about Mary in this verse is repeated in Luke 2:51 after Jesus is found at the temple. 

Father,

The way You have created us is complex and wonderful. Full of thoughts and brimming with emotion, help us to remember the special moments we experience You in our lives. Like Mary preserved certain moments in her heart as she had the privilege of raising Jesus as her earthly son, let us not take for granted any of things or opportunities we are blessed with in life. May we hold Your love especially close, and top of mind, as we reflect on this Advent season. Help us treasure the good news for us in our hearts today.  

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

Day 23: A Prayer to Remember We Were Created in Love

“On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.” - Luke 2:21

God knew all of us before the day we were born. The Bible says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13)

Father, 

Just as Jesus was with You in the beginning, so You knew us before we breathed in our first breath of earthly air. Your purpose for us is good, because You are good. Help us to remember that we are known to You, special to You, and purposed by You to do great things. Let us celebrate Christmas! Because of Jesus, we can live the full life You designed for us. You know and love us, Father, so much. Thank You. We love You. 

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

Day 24: An Advent Prayer to Fix Our Eyes on Jesus

“When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” - Matthew 2:10-11

The wise men studied and followed the star that led them to Jesus. Along the way, they encounter King Herod, who told them to report the child’s location back to him. Warned in a dream to return home, they did not inform the king.

Father, 

The wise men followed the star faithfully, not knowing where it would lead them. Help us to follow You faithfully, not knowing what we will have to go through in this life, but knowing we will eventually be with You eternally in heaven. Help us to fix our eyes on You, Jesus, to bow down and worship You in awe as these three kings we read about today did. Let us offer the best of ourselves, as they presented you with gifts. This Christmas, as we exchange presents with each other, help us to remember that You, Jesus, are the greatest gift …of all time. 

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

Day 25: An Advent Prayer to Our Emmanuel, Jesus, Who Is Always With Us

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift.” - 2 Corinthians 9:15

Emmanuel means “God with us.” It’s a word we sing about at Christmastime, but for believers, it’s a loving reminder that He remains “with us” always. 

Father, 

Today we are taking the time to prayerfully thank you for the gift of Jesus Christ. He is the reason we celebrate Christmas. May we remember Christ in a special way throughout the day. You love us so much, God, that You made a way for us to be close to You, and eventually with You in heaven, forever. And that way …is Jesus. It’s hard to understand Your great love for us, but that will not stop us from being grateful for it each and every day. Thank you, God, for the gift of Jesus. 

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

Meg Bucher writes about everyday life within the love of Christ. An author, freelance writer and blogger at Sunny&80, she earned a Marketing/PR degree from Ashland University. Her first book, “Friends with Everyone,” is available on amazon.com. Meg leads/teaches Bible Study in Women’s and Junior High Ministry. Living in Northern Ohio, she’s been wife to Jim for a decade and counting, is mom to two tween daughters, a distance runner, photographer, Cleveland Browns fan.


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