Collect For Advent 4 - Stir Up Your Power O Lord And Come
As in the Collects for Advent 1 and 2 this Collect is an urgent prayer for Christ our Lord to "stir up his power." To rouse from sleep and come to save us.
Here the church is like the disciples on the boat in the stormy sea when Jesus was sleeping, and they feared they would all perish. They urgently woke the Lord and said: "Lord save us for we are going to drown." (Mt. 8:23)
Sin, death and Satan can so overwhelm us that it feels for all the world that Jesus is dozing off; and that we are left on our own to fend for ourselves. And if that is the case we know we will surely perish beneath the troubles of this world, from which there seems no escape. No good solution. And so we cry out on this 4th Sunday, now just days before the Lord's appearance: "Stir up your power O Lord and come and help us by your might, that the sins which weigh us down may be quickly lifted by your grace and mercy."
This is a prayer that the King of kings will always answer in the affirmative. Pray to him now. Give your fears and burdens, your sins and sorrows to him. And he, for whom nothing is impossible, will come to help you. Come to save you.
"And you shall name him Jesus for he will save his people from their sins." Mt. 1:21