Reading and Prayer – April 20

Reading: 2 Corinthians 1:18-22

But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas[c] and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” 20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

Prayer:

By your Spirit, Father, lift us from doubt and despair 

and set our feet in Christ’s holy way, 

that our lives may be signs of his life 

and that all we have may show forth his love. 

Praise, glory, and thanksgiving to you, our God, forever and ever, even as we pray the words Jesus taught us: 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, 

               on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, 

               but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, 

               forever and ever.  Amen.