An Advent Prayer: Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
Deep down in our hearts, beyond the daily routines, Facebook posts, kids’ practices, holiday parties, and turkey dinners, we are creatures who were created by God to long for something. We are anticipating something more.
We see it in the excitement of young children opening presents and in the striving in adulthood to have a “plan” and to be successful.
We saw it in the Israelites in Exodus who longed for release from their bondage in Egypt. And we saw it in the eyes of the missionaries going around the world to those who have not heard the gospel.
During the five-week season of Advent this December, we will take a journey through the classic hymn, “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus.” The prayer in this hymn paints a picture of the anticipation for Jesus in the Old Testament – fulfilling what was promised – and the anticipation for Jesus again when He returns.