Elder Prayer ~ Easter Sunday (4/17/22)

As we go to prayer, I want to start by reading a passage from 1 Peter 1:3-7:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith…may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Let’s pray.

God, we come to You this morning with “inexpressible joy and thankfulness” for what You have done for us in sending Your Son to die in our place for our sins, who is now alive sitting at Your right hand praying for us! We are thankful that we can celebrate this Day of Resurrection that gives us both hope as we go through our “various trials” as well as the Eternal Hope that we have in being with You after we pass on from this life! Because You conquered death through the Resurrection of Jesus, we can be confident of the inheritance that is to come that is imperishable, undefiled and unfading! For as You tell us in Your Word, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” Thank You for this Promise!

I pray for those who are here this morning (or joining us online) who may be unsure of how to have this confident relationship with You. May they sense today Your love for them through the songs that are sung, the words that are spoken, and the interaction that they may have with others. May Your Spirit speak to them and lead them to You! Help all of us to be reminded of your constant care for us as it is states in the Psalms (139):

“O Lord, You have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    You discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
    and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
    behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.”

We are so thankful for Your love and care for us, that You know more about us than we know about ourselves! May we fully comprehend that You are with us and that You are for us, and that You want a relationship with us. Even though we are sinners, we know from Your Word that You are a “friend of sinners” and that You died for our sins and now You are alive to be in relationship with us!

Lord, I am sure that there are those that are with us today (or online) who do not sense your presence because of the circumstances they find themselves in, whether it be physical, emotional, financial, or some other difficult challenge. May they not leave today without knowing that You love and care for them. We pray for healing, strength, and encouragement for all those that are suffering today!

We thank You for the many blessings you have allowed us to experience here at Grace Point, especially for our Staff, Pastors, and volunteers who are committed to your service among us. We thank You for blessing us financially through the spirit of generosity that so many have demonstrated. And as we consider our special Easter Offering to support some of the many needs in Ukraine, we ask that this spirit of generosity will continue with all of us here today. We pray that peace will come quickly to Ukraine and that the suffering of so many will cease! Please comfort and encourage them with Your presence, especially during this celebration of the Easter Season.

So we thank You again for this privilege and opportunity to worship you today. Be with Dave as he speaks to us from your Word. May Your Spirit lead him as he shares what You have laid on his heart. And we pray that we all would be good listeners and we would put into practice what You have called us to do.

We ask these things in the mighty name of our Risen Savior, Jesus Christ!

Amen.

(Ken Kovalik, Elder)