Reading and Prayer – May 4

Reading: 2 Corinthians 8:1-5

And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.

Prayer:

God of All Goodness, 

 give me a heart for generosity.

Show me how to hold my possessions lightly, 

 ever mindful of their temporary value.

Inspire me to share what I have in full measure, 

 so that others are able to live without need or want.

Let me know the grace of a bountiful life, 

 one overflowing with gratitude for all that I have to give. 

In the name of your generous son, Jesus, I pray.

Amen.