Tuesday, March 27
Scripture for the Day: Philippians 2
An Easter Prayer
Ephesians 1:18-20 states, 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. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms.
Lord, as I gather with the faithful on Easter morning to sing “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,” my prayer is that of your Word in Ephesians 1:18-20. I want to know “the surpassing greatness” of your power, the working of the strength of your might as demonstrated in the resurrection of Jesus. For I’m not only celebrating His resurrection today, I’m celebrating my resurrection with Him.
I once was dead in my trespasses and sins – cold and lifeless (Eph 2:1-3). But your power entered into the sealed tomb of my soul and breathed life into this corpse. You released me from the mummy-like wrappings of the old way of life, and through the now-opened door of the tomb, a shaft of light led me out of the grave into a new way of life. But even more, you took me with Him as He ascended into heaven, and actually seated me with Him in the heavenlies (Ephesians 2:6).
Thank you, Lord, for the power of the resurrection in my life. Let me bring glory to you by living in a way that proves “He is risen, indeed,” and I am risen with Him.
Dr. David Reese, Professor of New Testament