Reading and Prayer – May 6

Reading: Luke 24:36-49

While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.

44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”

45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

Prayer:

We thank you, Father, that you have come to us.

You spoke to the people of Israel and entered into covenant with them.

From Israel came Jesus Christ, your Son,

bringing salvation through a new covenant entered by faith.

We thank you, Father, that you continue to come to us by the Holy Spirit,

Your living presence in the world, and within us.

We thank you for your church which upholds and defends the truth 

given to the apostles and recorded in the Scriptures. 

We thank you for the Bible, for the Old and New Testaments 

which witness to your mighty acts.

We thank you that they reveal your holy love, and lead us to Jesus Christ.

Put within us, we pray, not only an appreciation for your Word, 

But a hunger for it. 

Bring us back to your Word, eager to read and hear your Words to us, 

Through how you spoke to and through your people in the Scriptures. 

And then bless us not only with understanding, but with a desire to act upon your Word.

Amen.