Here are some prayer suggestions you might consider using with your teens during the Advent season. Also, consider having the teens create their own Advent prayers (see below) as a part of this liturgical season.

Advent Prayer During Exams

Come, Lord Jesus.
You bring joy and salvation into the world.
Give us the strength to find joy amidst the stress of semester tests
And the wisdom to find truth in our studies.
We ask this in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Advent Prayer for the Poor

Gracious God,
You bring glad tidings to the poor.
Create in us this Advent season, the desire to help those in need
That we may recognize in them the face of Christ
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.

Advent Prayer of Reconciliation

Merciful Father,
You have given us your Son as your loving presence in this world.
Create in our hearts the room for your love to grow.
Forgive our shortcomings and prepare our hearts for your coming.
We ask this in the name Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, one God, forever and ever,

Advent Prayer of Light

Son of God,
You are the light of the world.
Shine your light on all our choices this day.
Create in us the ability to let your light shine forth for others.
We ask this in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Prayer from The Unsheltered Heart for the Third Week of Advent (abbreviated)

Only you help me not to find my identity amid people’s misfortunes.
You are the one I seek because I no longer trust my own thoughts and reactions.
Your life teaches me to live amid the shackles of people’s sufferin

In these Advent days, I slowly find my heart awake and singing.
Faith creeps out of the cracks of my soul from my uncertainty.
Gratitude lights up the morning inside me and relaxes my silence in my still body.

Advent Prayer Activity

Consider providing students with the opportunity to create their own Advent prayers. Give them the opportunity to share these prayers with the class or divide the students up according to the number of meetings leading up to Christmas. These prayers need not have the structure of the examples above, so invite students to speak from the heart