Advent is a great time of anticipation for Christians: looking forward in anticipation of Christmas, as we celebrate Jesus’ coming in to the world, but more importantly looking forward in anticipation of his coming back again. That’s why it’s a great time to get in to God’s word and let it stir our faith, and to help with that we have a fantastic range of daily devotional resources available through the PrayerMate app — many of them completely free of charge, all starting on Sunday 1st December 2019.
Repeat the Sounding Joy by Christopher Ash (£1.99 until 3rd December)
In this Advent journey through Luke 1–2, Christopher Ash brings these familiar passages to life with fresh insight, colour and depth. As you soak up the Scriptures, you’ll experience the joy of Christmas through the eyes of those who witnessed it first hand, from Mary and Elizabeth to the Shepherds and Simeon. This devotional will help you to celebrate afresh the arrival of the long-awaited Messiah in history, and learn what it means to wait for him with joyful expectation today. Each day’s reading includes a short reflection, a prayer, a carol, and space to journal, helping you to treasure the Lord Jesus in your heart in the hectic run-up to Christmas.
© Christopher Ash, 2019. Published by The Good Book Company. Used by permission. Subscribe here
The Radiant Dawn by Tom Parsons (£1.99)
“You will conceive and give birth to a son … And there were shepherds living out in the fields near by … You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Luke’s opening chapters are bursting with familiar phrases like these. They ring with warm solemnity and make many of us feel a Christmas glow. This book invites readers to discover depths it’s easy to miss in the nativity plays and carol concerts that feature prominently in over-full December diaries. You will be guided through Advent in 25 daily Bible readings and prayers, at times pausing for several days to peer intently into Luke’s best-known narratives. Lights sparkle in the darkness that enfolds the Northern Hemisphere at this time of year — until they are taken down and put back in the box in January. Luke points us to Jesus, the Radiant Dawn of a day that will never end. Let these Advent reflections direct your heart’s gaze towards him, the shining source of confidence and joy in whatever darkness we experience.
Copyright © 2018 by Tom Parsons. Published by 10ofthose. Used with permission. Subscribe here
Come, Lord Jesus! by PrayerMate (Free)
Advent is a time for remembering Jesus’ coming in to the world, and to look forward to his coming again. Written especially for PrayerMate, these short daily devotionals will tackle some of the key Bible passages about the return of Jesus, with a brief opportunity for personal reflection and a prayer. By Andy Geers © Discipleship Tech. Subscribe here
Focus on Christmas by Tearfund (Free)
It can seem like we’re in the midst of a world bent on rewriting the Christmas story — focusing on frenzied present-buying and losing sight of the greatest gift to all mankind… Join us this Advent as we take time out to refocus on Christ. There’ll be a new thought, reflection or contribution from across the globe for each day. © Tearfund 2019. Shared with permission.
Come Let Us Adore Him by Paul Tripp (Free)
Every time the Christmas season comes around, we look forward to putting up a tree, giving and receiving gifts, and participating in other traditions that make this wonderful time of year so special. But sometimes the most significant aspect of the season — remembering and focusing on the coming of Jesus — grows old and familiar. In Come Let Us Adore Him: A Daily Advent Devotional, Paul Tripp seeks to recapture our attention and reawaken our awe during Christmastime. Each day is structured like Tripp’s best-selling devotional, New Morning Mercies‚ with a compelling, gospel-centered thought followed by an extended meditation for the day. Each of the thirty-one devotions also includes a Scripture reading and notes for parents and children, equipping us to do the one thing that matters most each December — celebrate Jesus.
© 2017 by Paul Tripp Ministries. Used by permission of Crossway Books. Subscribe here
See the full range
This just gives you a taste of some of the available resources. For the full range, go to “Advent 2019” in the PrayerMate app’s “Add +” page.
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