Prayer of the Day

Seventh Week of Easter

May 19th, 2015
""You know what my way of life has been ever since I first came among you. I have preached to you and instructed you both in public and in your homes, urging both Jews and Greeks to turn to God and to believe in our Lord, Jesus."" Acts 20 : 21

Here, Paul is saying a tearful, final goodbye to the Elders of the Church of Ephesus. This journey will take him to Jerusalem where he will suffer much at the hands of the leading Jews. On appealing to Caesar, as a Roman citizen, he is sent to Rome. There, he is a house prisoner for two years, but free to preach the Gospel. Finally, he was beheaded on 29th June 67 AD. Paul was happy to die for the love of the Christ whom he first met so many years before this, on his way to Damascus. For Paul, “to live was to know Christ and him crucified.” For Paul, as well as for us, to follow Christ has never been easy. And Christ never said it would. Like Paul and all Christ’s followers, “Whoever will be my disciple must take up his cross and follow me.” “The disciple is not above his master.”

Prayer Lord, the poet says, "more things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of." We bring to you our Church calling out for your guiding hand. Give us the power to follow you, for you are always coming to meet and greet us. May we recognize you and find you especially in the Eucharist, your greatest gift to us. Amen