Reading and Prayer – May 6

Reading: 2 Corinthians 9:6-9

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:

“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;

    their righteousness endures forever.”

Prayer:

Almighty God, Father of all mercies;

Not because we deserve to be, but because of your grace, we are your people.

From our hearts, we thank you for your goodness and kindness to us, and to all.

We thank and praise you for creation, health, and the blessings of this life

But above all, for your immeasurable love,

in saving this world through our Lord Jesus Christ

We thank you for the opportunity of forgiveness, the challenge to forgive,  

and the hope of heaven.

We pray that you would give us a full sense of your mercy,

so that we would be truly thankful; so that we would praise you, 

not only with our voices but with our lives, 

serving you and living as you would have us live, 

in love, in truth, in peace, and in forgiveness, in generosity.

Keep us faithful, we pray.

Deliver us from distraction, and lead us to your love.