Reading and Prayer – April 19

Reading: 2 Corinthians 1:8-11

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

Prayer:

We pray to you, O Lord, for all Christians: 

may they live in the joy of the resurrection 

and be a visible sign of your presence by their mutual love. 

We pray to you for the servants and leaders 

of your church of all lands and denominations: 

as they celebrate your resurrection with all your people, 

may they be strengthened for your service. 

We pray to you for the leaders of the nations: 

may they exercise their office as servants of justice and peace. 

We pray to you for all who are suffering from illness, isolation, old age, 

exile, and need, from worry, anxiety and fear; 

and we pray for those who grieve. 

May your resurrection be a source of promise and comfort for them.