Reading and Prayer- Sunday, January 31

Galatians 3:6-9, :26-29 (Contemporary English Version)

               The Scriptures say that God accepted Abraham because Abraham had faith. And so, you should understand that everyone who has faith is a child of Abraham. Long ago the Scriptures said that God would accept the Gentiles because of their faith. That’s why God told Abraham the good news that all nations would be blessed because of him. This means that everyone who has faith will share in the blessings that were given to Abraham because of his faith. 

               …All of you are God’s children because of your faith in Christ Jesus. And when you were baptized, it was as though you had put on Christ in the same way you put on new clothes. Faith in Christ Jesus is what makes each of you equal with each other, whether you are a Jew or a Greek, a slave or a free person, a man or a woman. So if you belong to Christ, you are now part of Abraham’s family, and you will be given what God has promised.

Prayer 

Father, we thank you for all you have given, for all you have done.

We thank you that you have given us families in which we grow, 

Friends with whom we celebrate, 

The needy with whom we share.

We thank you that you have given us purpose to live our lives, 

Direction to guide us, 

Inspiration to carry us through.

We thank you that you have given us your Word in which we find hope, 

Your Son through whom we find salvation, 

And your church through which we learn and serve.

For all that you have given, Father, for this and so much more, 

we give you thanks.

And now, Father, we pray for faith.

For faith to make a difference in our families.

For faith to share with our friends.

For faith to help the needy.

We pray for faith to live our lives, 

For faith to see the way clearly, 

For faith to overcome the obstacles in our path 

and the impediments in our lives.

We pray for faith to read and understand your Word; 

For faith to live according to the new life we have in Jesus Christ;

For faith to serve your church, and your world, 

in ways that might make our lives count for something worthwhile.

We pray for faith, Father, even as we pray for those who have none, 

As well as for those whose faith is challenged by disappointment, by disaster, by disease, by death.

We pray especially this day for…

Amen