Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–Easter Sunday, April 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, on this Resurrection Sunday may I proclaim with great clarity the central doctrine of our faith. May the resurrected Lord, Jesus the Christ, be praised and the truth of his death, burial, and resurrection be clearly proclaimed through worship on this holy day. May I feel the fulness of Your spirit as the apostles felt it when Jesus breathed on them and gave them the Holy Spirit. May I speak with the boldness of Pentecost so that all those who need to hear the resurrection story for the first time or in a new way may understand in a unique way Your glory. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen!
A Prayer for Congregations: O Lord, I really look forward to going to church on Easter Sunday. It is such a great celebration of our risen Lord. The music is typically outstanding. The congregation of people is larger than normal. The pastor preaches with an extra passion. But, I am not always sure I understand the uniqueness of this day, the truth of the resurrection, and how it brought me eternal life. Help me this Sunday to be filled with Your Holy Spirit, and to understand more deeply the impact of the resurrection on how I ought to live my life every day. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.