Reading and Prayer – April 22

Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:1-6

Since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

Prayer:

Glory to You, O God, showing Your unsurpassable power in the laws of the universe

Glory to You, O God, for all nature is filled with Your laws

Glory to You O God, for what You have revealed to us in Your mercy

Glory to You O God, for what You have hidden from us in Your wisdom

Glory to You O God, for the inventiveness of the human mind

Glory to You O God, for the dignity of labour

Glory to You O God, for the tongues of fire that bring inspiration

Glory to You, O God, from age to age.

May the Passion of Christ be ever in my heart. 

May your law and your goodness guide my every thought, O Lord. 

And may the power of your Holy Spirit flow through my words and my actions today, and always.

Amen.

(Gregory Petrov)