Reading and Prayer – January 19

Reading: Matthew 4:18-22

As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.

21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

Prayer: 

Lord Jesus Christ,

alive and at large in the world,

help me to follow and find you there today,

in the places where I work,

meet people,

spend money,

and make plans.

Take me as a disciple of your kingdom,

to see through your eyes,

and hear the questions you are asking,

to welcome all others with your trust and truth,

and to change the things that contradict God’s love,

by the power of the cross

and the freedom of your spirit.

Amen.