Prayer for April 21. Please pray with me. On this Easter Friday we pray for all students as they approach the end of their semesters. It’s crunch time Lord. Help them to complete all their papers, assignments, projects, and exams. Help them keep their eye on the finish line knowing that their studies don’t really end, but rather, they change. When formal education ends, the education of life continues. Walk with all students in their stress, late nights, piles of assignments and papers. Be with all family members and friends of students as they continue to encourage the students in their lives. Amen.
Prayer for April 20. Please pray with me. On this Easter Thursday we pray for all those transitioning in life. Our lives are in a constant state of change. We ask that you guide us through these changes of life – new relationships, new careers, new jobs, new homes, now families, new health, new life. Sometimes these changes feel like the women who came to the tomb on Easter Sunday – full of fear and joy. Yet, like the women, you tell us – “do not be afraid.” Help us to be bold enough to go forward without fear, knowing that ultimately, our lives are in your hands. Amen.
Prayer for April 19. Please pray with me. On this Easter Wednesday we pray for an end to war. Humanity has lived by the rule that when you get hit, you hit back, only harder. Yet, where has this gotten us Lord?!? It has only brought more death and destruction. And for what? In this week of Easter, we pray that our hearts would be open to a new way of living and interacting with one another. Help us to see Christ’s example – when he was hit, he didn’t hit back, but he loved all the more. It’s not easy and frankly we can’t do this on our own. We really haven’t ever tried. We’ve given up before we’ve even given it a shot. So, step in Lord. Give us the courage to love, even when we get hit. It makes no sense in the world, yet it the only way to end the insanity. Amen.
Prayer for April 18. Please pray with me. On this Easter Tuesday we pray for the victims of terror, war, and violence. So often we are far removed from these evils – they seem to happen in far off lands and the victims are faceless and nameless to us. Yet we know that terror, war, and violence cause you to mourn. We ask that you act – that you bring not just an end to hostility, but also you breath peace to people involved in these evils. Amen.
Prayer for April 17. Please pray with me. On this Easter Monday we continue to rejoice at your resurrection Lord. Give us each a resurrection in our lives this day. Show us how you have conquered death and brought about new life. Today we remember your promised to all of creation – that death does not have the final say, but that you do. And you bring life. Amen.