Praying for Easter Sunday

In reading through 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, I found myself seeing this as great fuel for praying for our pastors and our people in the church and our community regarding this greatest of days, Resurrection Sunday!  Take time to read through it now, then pray for the Day in which we find the ultimate hope—our risen Savior and Lord Jesus Christ!

  1. Pray for the preaching of the Word of God!  (1 Corinthians 15:1-2).  Pray that believers would be reminded of the Good News (i.e., the Gospel). 

  • Pray that people would receive this gospel:  Christians have received this Word—it hasn’t come from within, but from above!

  • Pray that people would stand in the gospel:  The gospel is information that brings transformation—with the world all around us on sinking sand, trying to silence.  The only thing we have to stand in is the good news of what Christ accomplished. 

  • Pray that people would be sanctified in the gospel:  The gospel continues to kick out sin and the flesh, so the Spirit will reign full and free. 

  1. Pray that people would see the death, burial and resurrection of Christ of first importance (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). 

  1. Pray that people would trust the eyewitnesses of His resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:5-8).

  • Peter: fully restored (John 21:15-19):  Yes, even among the Twelve, one denied Him—but was restored! 

  • The “Twelve”:  Yes, they scattered (Zechariah 13:7; Mark 14:29-31), but when they saw Christ raised, they were galvanized by the Spirit, no longer hiding but how abiding and speaking the clear Word of God, even amidst great persecution. 

  • The 500:  Christianity does not rely on one person to propound a message, but gathers witnesses that could also speak about what they’ve seen.

  • James—his half-brother:  Yes, His half-brother testified to Christ’s deity and resurrection.  What a solid testimony this is!

  • Lastly, to Paul (Acts 9):  one who persecuted the church of God, now propagating the cause of Christ?  Christ by the Spirit can reach anyone and change everything!

  1. Pray for our people to invite, invite, invite so others will come and connect!

  1. Pray for a joyous atmosphere in our times of worship because of the reality of 1 Corinthians 15:20 and 15:55-58. 

  1. Pray for our Good Friday service that there would also be a combination of gravity and gladness:  Christ was crucified for our sin—but did not stay in the grave.

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