I’ve been praying for you.
It’s Holy Week: a time of extra preparation for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and of course Easter morning- the most attended worship service of the year. As I’ve made my preparations, I’ve spent time in prayer, and I want you to know what I’m praying for you. Taking my cue from Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians, here’s my prayer:
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you
the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so
that you may know him better.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order
that you may know the hope to which he has called you,
the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,
and his incomparably great power for us who believe. (Ephesians 1:16-19 NIV)
More than praying for a big crowd or that “things will go well,” I’m praying the hearts of those who gather will hear a clear testimony of the hope we have in Christ and that through worship, we will know him better. There are people who are ready to have their hearts enlightened; people who don’t yet know about our glorious inheritance; people who do not understand the victory we have today through the resurrection of Jesus. So I’m praying for all who gather: that God will make us ready to hear and respond to the greatest news ever proclaimed.
With great hope!