“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me” (Matthew 28:1-10).
Risen Lord, on this joyous day of celebration, my heart comes singing into Your divine presence! Because You rose just as You promised, my life is free from sin and death! Because I am a beloved child of God, You and the Father have come to dwell within me through the power of the gracious Holy Spirit. May each day of my life hold the incredible thrill of the women who went to the tomb only to find the stone rolled away! Help me to live an obedient life, transformed day be day into Your beautiful image!
HE IS RISEN INDEED!
RESURRECTION DAY BLESSINGS
FROM HARVEST PRAYER MINISTRIES
Praise God, who is light and in whom there is no darkness at all (1 Jn. 1:5). Thank the Lord for being your light and your salvation (Ps. 27:1). Confess any times you have willingly hidden the light of Christ from others. Commit yourself anew to living as a child of the light (Eph. 5:8). Ask—humbly—that you will become increasingly blameless and pure and that God will make you shine like a star in the universe (Phil. 2:15).
How big is your vision of the kingdom of God? Share Isaiah’s exciting vision: “Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn” (Isa. 60:3). Ask God to cause “nations” and “kings” to come to Jesus Christ today.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend. Click on the title for more information on this resource.