To hear God's voice above the noise we learn to be still.

To hear God’s voice above the noise we must learn to be still.

Fourth Sunday of Advent

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” ~ Isaiah 9:6

“I have made a covenant with My chosen. I have sworn to My servant David: ‘Your seed I will establish forever, and build up your throne to all generations.’

“And the heavens will praise Your wonders, O Lord; Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the saints. For who in the heavens can be compared to the Lord: Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the Lord?” ~ Psalm 89:3-6


Lord, I don’t want to miss You because of all the noise of Christmas. You were “happening” in Bethlehem the night You were born — the glory of Your Presence was all around — but the people missed it. They were busy taking care of business and missed the Son of God coming to earth right there in their midst.

But the shepherds heard and responded with great joy. Was it because the shepherds were separated from the hustle bustle of Bethlehem? Did they anticipate Your coming and wait for You with expectation? Had they learned what it means to be still?

I want to anticipate You, to wait for You with great expectation. I want to yield to You in a way that allows You to perfect — complete — Your work in Me … for Your glory.

I never want to lose the wonder of Christmas, Lord. It is the story of Your miraculous love for us — the manifestation of how fiercely You pursue us so that we might know You. It is truly amazing.

I don’t want Your love to become so familiar that I take it for granted, that I become complacent in our relationship. May it never be! Awaken my heart to grasp the wonder that the Maker of heaven and earth loves me, knows me, and walks with me every moment of every day.

How can it be?

How can You love me so much? It’s beyond comprehension and yet it is true.

Christmas is the beginning of that fulfillment, isn’t it? Jesus had to come so that we could see beyond the veil that separates us from the spiritual realm. Thank You for not giving up on Your people. Thank You for understanding the need for us to “see” in order to understand. Though it must frustrate You some, nevertheless You always do what is necessary to reveal Yourself to us.

You love us that much!

If we will only be still …

May we never forget the wonder of it all. Remind us, Lord, that this is what Christmas is all about — remembering Your great love and Your persistence in making Yourself known to us.

Thank You Lord. Thank You so much.

We love You, Lord.

In Jesus’ Name I  pray,



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If you are just now joining me during this season of Advent you will find other prayers here:

First Sunday of Advent

Second Sunday of Advent

Third Sunday of Advent