A prayer after reading Luke 3:1-6 God, I like to feel prepared, organized, ready. I try to stay focused, work diligently, and prepare, So that I do my job well. In my head, my job well done will benefit others and please you. And I think, to some extent, that’s true. But God, I also recognize that I want to feel prepared to help calm my anxiety, to cling to some illusion of control, and to try to avoid embarrassment. Yet in this season, O God, you call us to prepare Not so we feel less anxious, not so we avoid embarrassment, or so we look good. In this season and beyond, You call us to prepare for your sake, so you may be known, So a pathway to your people may be clear; so that your spirit may freely move in, through, and all around us. God, in this Advent season, may I shift my focus, turning my attention to you and preparing for your hope, peace, joy, and love to flourish in this world. This is my prayer. Amen.