Reading and Prayer – April 25

Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:1-5

For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.

Prayer:

Father, we worship you today, for you are worthy of our worship, 

Far more worthy than we can ever hope to know.

You have created all that is; 

You have come to us in Jesus Christ, giving yourself for us;

You are with us now through the presence of the Holy Spirit. 

Give us, we pray, the smallest glimpse of your glory, 

That we may cry out to you in worship and in praise, 

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might

Heaven and earth are filled with your glory!

Hosanna in the highest!