Faith and An Easter Prayer

Father, as many are getting ready to celebrate “Easter”, I ask that you help us turn our hearts toward you. I thank for opening our hearts, ears and eyes to see the work of the cross in fresh new ways. We may know it is not about bunnies and eggs, but still not fully comprehend the power that was released in us and ultimately through us that eventful day. Forgive us for giving lip service, not heart service to you. Even those who are walking close beside you can get so caught up in presenting the ‘perfect’ Easter service—sharing your love with others, but forget to really embracing that love and power themselves. Lord, I thank you that no matter where we are in our relationship with you, you are there. I pray for you {us!} asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called-his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 1:16-20. I ask you, Father, that you will continue teaching us how to walk in your power and might. I stand with everyone who is facing difficulties asking for courage to be imparted a fresh and anew in their lives. I thank you that you are as strong today as ever. Your heart is towards your people and waiting for us to release our faith in every difficult test and trials.

I ask you to release that confident hope Paul prayed for into our hearts. Many are facing marathon struggles in so many areas of life. From fighting drug or alcohol addictions, caring for disabled loved ones, watching prodigal children turn away from you—help them remember your love, mercy, and hope still applies. I thank you for refreshing everyone who is growing weary in their marriage, parenting or careers. I thank you for renewing that hope today, dear Father.

You asked your disciples in Luke 9; who do people say I am? They gave various responses, but then Jesus turned to them and asked a very personal response: but who do you say I am? I ask you, Father, to help us be able to answer that question in our own hearts. Please continue to show us who you are in reality. Let us continue to grow in our relationship with you.

Father, as we hear the story of your suffering on the cross, let us remember it was our sin who put you there. You did it willingly because of your love. After Peter replies to Jesus’ question: You are the Messiah sent from God. Jesus told them of his coming suffering. Then he told them if any of you want to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me. Father, I thank you for giving us the grace and mercy to pick up our cross and follow you, even when the way gets tough, knowing we are not alone.

Thank you, dear Savior, for your suffering. Thank you for your forgiveness. We need it. We have it. Help us apply it to every dark and shameful place. Thank you that your finished work on Calvary frees us for all sin and shame. Give us fresh eyes to see you. Give us fresh ears to hear you. Give us fresh voices to thank you, In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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