Goal: Hope To You
Difficulty Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3/10)
Good morning! It is Day #1 of the 21 Days of Hope.
The beautiful part of the Easter season is how it refreshes our soul. It brings much-needed hope to our lives. So the goal of today’s step in the 21 Days of Hope is to allow the hope of Easter to start refreshing your soul. And as with most aspects of our walk with Jesus, that will begin in prayer. Let’s jump into a devotion on The 6 Prayers Your Heart Needs This Easter.
Let’s look at some of the first words spoken that first Easter:
“5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.” Matthew 28:5-7 (KJV)
There are six different ways we can pray through this passage of scripture. I encourage you to take time and pray these as you read through each one:
“Fear not,” — Dear God, I hand over to You those things that make me so afraid. Resurrect the parts of my faith that are squelched by fear.
“I know that ye seek Jesus,” — God, when my soul is searching, may I know that the answer to every longing is found in You.
“He is risen,” — God, the fact that Jesus is risen should lift my head, my heart and my attitude. Help me live today as if I really believe this with every part of my life.
“as he said,” — Dear Jesus, You keep Your promises. Show me how to live as though I believe that with every part of me. Help me trust You more, obey You more and resemble You more.
“Come,see,” — Jesus, You had the angels invite the women in to see for themselves that You had risen. You invite me into these personal revelations every day. Forgive me for sometimes rushing about and forgetting to come and see for myself … You, Your Word, Your insights.
“go quickly, and tell his disciples,” — Jesus, I don’t want to be a secret-keeper with my faith. I want to be a bold and gracious truth-proclaimer. For You. With You. Because of You. Me, the one whom You loved and redeemed.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
What a powerful way to pray as we kick off the 21 Days Of Hope. I love how this passage builds hope in our hearts and then helps us to start sharing hope with others. That is what Easter is all about.