Prayer To Live The Resurrected Life
3 Ways Resurrection Power Can Completely Transform Lives – Jesus’ Economy
by John D. Barry
We all have moments of despair, but there are also the days when the sun peeks through the clouds and we stop and say, “You know, God really is here and working among us. I’m not alone at all.” It’s these moments that we have to capitalize on. These feelings of new life, of resurrection, can transform our lives and the lives of others.
1. Resurrection gets us through the rough times
The last month has been rough for me. I have often felt everything is going the opposite way it should. But today, I realize that Jesus is here.
It’s not that I didn’t believe that before—of course, I did—but today I feel he is sitting next to me.
When I think about Jesus’ presence among us, about his resurrected life, I imagine how Mary Magdalene must have felt upon seeing the resurrected Jesus. John’s Gospel records:
“Mary stood outside at the tomb, weeping. Then, while she was weeping, she bent over to look into the tomb, and she saw two angels in white, seated one at the head and one at the feet where the body of Jesus had been lying.And they said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ She said to them, ‘They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have put him!’ When she had said these things, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and she did not know that it was Jesus.
Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?’ She thought that it was the gardener, and said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will take him.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.’ She turned around and said to him in Aramaic, ‘Rabboni’ (which means ‘Teacher’).
Jesus said to her, ‘Do not touch me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, and my God and your God.” ’ Mary Magdalene came and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord.’” (John 20:11–18 LEB).
When you encounter the living Jesus, in the midst of despair, everything changes.
Here’s how my viewpoint recently changed: I just had the wonderful opportunity of announcing that the organization I lead, Jesus’ Economy, will be able to fund two church planters in northern India for another year.
For us, reaching this goal was huge and difficult. And honestly, I wasn’t sure if we would make it. But I also couldn’t bear the thought of not living up to our commitment to fund these two church planters for three years.
The prompting of being on mission for Jesus, in proclamation of his resurrection, is what kept me going through this rough patch. And God coming through inspired me.
I believe the resurrected Jesus will keep you going, no matter what you’re going through.
2. Resurrection is self-sacrificial
I often think of what various holidays are for those serving Jesus around the world. Our church planters in northern India are living self-sacrificially everyday, spreading the gospel to those who have never heard Jesus’ name.
Their lives are living testimonies of who Jesus is. And this puts it all in perspective for me: all of my difficulties do not remotely compare to their hardships.
And yet, they get the splendid opportunity of seeing Jesus work everyday—which really makes it all worth it.Easter resurrection is something real for church planters in northern India: They regularly see lives fully transformed by Jesus. And so, their lives make me wonder how much better and fuller my life would be if I could make the same kind of sacrifice. This makes me think of Jesus’ words just prior to the cross:
“This is my commandment: that you love one another just as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this: that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:12–13 LEB).
Living resurrected life with Jesus means living self-sacrificially. And that changes everything. It makes every difficulty an opportunity to do something good for someone else. It takes the perspective off of us, and puts the perspective on God’s workings in the world.
3. Resurrection is a fresh perspective on the world
Until this last month, I thought of thankfulness as an attitude, but it’s so much more. Thankfulness is a perspective we look at the world through. As we are grateful for the resurrected life of Christ, and the resurrected life he offers us, our worldview changes.
It’s not about saying, “Oh, I’m so grateful I have all this (whatever this is for you).” Thankfulness is saying, “Oh, I’m so grateful that Jesus came for me (for all of us), and that he is with me now—right here.” The apostle Paul put it this way:
“One person prefers one day over another day, and another person regards every day a [for the Sabbath and festivals]. Each one must be fully convinced in his own mind.
The one who is intent on the day is intent on it for the Lord, and the one who eats eats for the Lord [in celebration], because he is thankful to God, and the one who does not eat does not eat for the Lord [that is he fasts], and he is thankful to God. For none of us lives for himself and none dies for himself.
For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For Christ died and became alive again for this reason, in order that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living” (Romans 14:5–9 LEB).
Paul is talking about various viewpoints for feasting, celebration, worship services, and fasting among his audience, but this has a direct implication for us. Whatever we do, let us do it for Christ, in thankfulness—in order that he might be Lord over all things in our lives, in every season.
It’s this perspective that perfectly fits with the Easter season, when we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection for each of us, for all of us. This season we celebrate Jesus’ resurrected life and his resurrection of our lives.
I’m not saying that this sorts everything out; all of us, I still get depressed along the way. But today on the other side of this, I feel different—today, I realize that God is much greater than I could ever imagine. Today, I realize that he indeed always comes through—he resurrects our efforts and turns them into something beautiful.
John D. Barry is the CEO and Founder of Jesus’ Economy, dedicated to creating jobs and churches in the developing world.Because of John’s belief that business can also transform lives, Jesus’ Economy also provides an online fair trade shop.
He is currently leading Jesus’ Economy efforts to Renew Bihar, India—one of the most impoverished places in the world where few have heard the name of Jesus.
Living the Resurrection in Daily Life
The Resurrection is so much more than a mere Biblical or historical event to be celebrated once a year by believing Christians. It is an event that ought to be lived and celebrated every moment of our earthly existence, because we are truly an Easter people.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines the resurrection of Christ as: “The bodily rising of Jesus from the dead on the third day after his death on the cross and burial in the tomb” (CCC glossary).
There is probably not one single Christian who does not profess this in the creed and uphold to its certainty.
But how many of us realize its implication in our lives? The Catechism goes on to include in its definition one more reality: “The resurrection of Christ is the crowing truth of our faith in Christ.” What does this mean – “the crowning truth of our faith”? It ought to mean everything.
It ought to be the game-changer for every professing Christian. Because of the Resurrection, we know that death is not the end. Christ, we too are immortal souls living in a mortal body.
Once upon a time Jesus lived on earth. He is truly God and truly man. He suffered during His Passion, died once, rose from the dead once, and ascended to Heaven once. These events are never to be repeated, and with His Death the gates of Heaven were open wide for all repentant sinners.
Man is made in the image and ness of God. This means that we, too, live once and die once. We live one temporal life and spend an eternity somewhere else–Heaven or hell.
At the moment of our death, we see the risen Jesus face to face, and we receive Particular Judgement.
Either our souls go immediately to heaven, some temporarily to purgatory; and some to eternal damnation (see CCC 988-1014).
Three glaringly important truths are revealed by the Resurrection:
- Our eternity is how we love here on earth.
- Our time on earth is temporary and the afterlife is eternal.
- We have one life to know, love, and serve the Lord on earth.
Christianity is upheld by these truths of our Faith. St. Paul tells us: “If Jesus is not raised from the dead, our preaching is in vain and we are the most pitiable of men” (1 Cor 15:17). The Resurrection cannot be dismissed as an illusion nor can it be rationalized as a myth or a symbol.
Bishop Barren, commenting on the Resurrections says:
It comes down finally to this: if Jesus was not raised from death, Christianity is a fraud and a joke. But if he did rise from death, then Christianity is the fullness of God’s revelation, and Jesus must be the absolute center of our lives. There is no third option.
…Makes Possible Our Own
One of my favorite Old Testament scripture passages attest to this reality:
I call heaven and earth today to witness against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the LORD, your God, obeying his voice, and holding fast to him. -Deut 30:19-20
Eternity rests on our choice. We can either choose for God or submit to the ways of the world. In faith we assent to Jesus as being the Truth, and the assurance of things to come. We can be assured that there is so much more than this world.What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him. -1 Cor. 2:9
Heaven awaits for the man, woman, and child who conforms to the life of Christ. And He will give grace upon graces to do the will of His Father to those who trust in His ways.
An Easter People
Because of the Resurrection, we can be assured that there is something more for us. Something glorious awaits us! We ought to be the most hope-filled people of all.
There will be suffering, but we can exclaim with St. Paul, “We are courageous, and we would rather leave the body and go home to the Lord” (2 Cor 5:8).
And so, we long for the Heavenly kingdom while sojourning in the earthly one.
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Cheryl Reinking currently resides in Rogers, MN with her husband of 28 years and their three grown sons. When she is not chasing after them on snowmobiles or fishing with them on frozen lakes, she enjoys leading bible study classes and writing.
4 Ways to Live in Resurrection Power Every Day
He is risen! What a special day we celebrate. What love. What power. On Resurrection Sunday, we commemorate the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, which He experienced willingly to provide us with abundant life now and for eternity. Celebrated by most people only once each year, it is a power we are meant to live and operate in resurrection power every day!
The Start of It All
Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection was all part of the plan of Redemption. What Adam gave over to Satan in the Garden of Eden by disobedience, was taken back by one perfect Man’s obedience. God reclaimed THE BLESSING that was stolen in the garden and got His family back. He gave us back the dominion and authority that rightfully belong to us as His children.
When Jesus arose from the dead after being crucified, a voice echoed through the universe, “It is finished!” Jesus left hell in shambles—totally and completely devastated. Satan was defeated, conquered and under Jesus’ feet. That means he’s not going to be defeated—he already is!
Jesus triumphed! Colossians 2:15 says, “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it” (NKJV). He triumphed over the devil, triumphed over all principalities and powers, triumphed over the kingdom of darkness. He disarmed every power that could take a stand against us.
Jesus sealed Satan’s defeat—it’s done. Satan has no power over you unless you give him the power. He has no authority—unless you give it to him. Jesus did the final work, the finished work to seal his defeat. Now we need to live in that finished work—the work of resurrection power!
Most Christians stop at the cross and don’t take full advantage of all that Jesus provided. But you can! Start today with these four ways to live in resurrection power every day.
“I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead.” –Philippians 3:10
Let’s keep it simple. There is no Christianity without the Cross and the Resurrection. It is the core of everything we believe, receive and experience in the earth and thereafter in heaven. Every Christian believes and receives salvation, but sadly, most aren’t operating in the fullness of the resurrection power available to every one of us.
Resurrection power doesn’t come from heaven. It’s in you right now. The anointing, the power of Jesus’ resurrection that you have received from Him abides in you now—and when you activate it, it removes burdens and destroys yokes. The resurrection power of God is the most powerful force in the universe—yet it has no power in your life until you activate it.
How can you do this? Here are three simple steps.
Being born again won’t cause resurrection power to automatically operate in your life— you have to choose to believe it. Believing is what activates the power in your life.You activated resurrection power when you allowed Jesus Christ to come into your life as your Lord and Savior. Think about what that accomplished. Deliverance, forgiveness, being made right with God Himself—that’s a lot of power! But you had to activate it by faith—by believing.
To access all the benefits—healing, abundance, peace, joy and every good thing—you must put that same belief—faith—into action to receive full use of resurrection power in your life. Every yoke is destroyed under resurrection power and every part of THE BLESSING is released. Believe it!
When you believe that resurrection power is residing in you, you begin to activate it through your words. You speak faith-filled words to release THE BLESSING. The power of God is in faith-filled words.
If the Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he will make alive your mortal flesh (Romans 8:11). Notice, it doesn’t say He will make alive your glorified flesh, but your mortal flesh.
That’s resurrection power coming God from His Word, into your spirit, out your mouth, and quickening your flesh with resurrection power.
Every time you speak the Name of Jesus or plead the blood of Jesus over a situation, Satan is reminded of his defeat.
Make no mistake—Satan’s defeat was sealed by the Resurrection, but we have to enforce it, or act on it.
The very same power that raised Jesus from the dead is now living in you (Romans 8:11)!s God raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Satan is defeated. When he tries to bring the curse back into your life—he’s trespassing. You have the authority to make him leave. Now act on it!
How?Apply the Name of Jesus, the blood of Jesus, God’s power to every situation in your life. When sickness tries to come—apply the blood of Jesus—resurrection power.
If lack tries to take up residence in your life—apply the blood—declare the curse is over in your life and the enemy is defeated, and claim the triumph Jesus won for you on the cross.
Don’t ever accept defeat in your life—Jesus paid too high a price for you to accept anything less than total and complete VICTORY.
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“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” –Romans 8:11 (KJV)
When you made Jesus Christ the Lord of your life, the Holy Spirit imparted into you the same power that raised up Jesus hell, the same power that defeated principalities and power. You were made alive together with Him. The very same Spirit, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is living inside you—that’s resurrection power!
Imagine that! If that same power is in your body right now—do you think that any sickness or disease—no matter how bad—could even stand a chance? Of course not!
Whatever is going on in your body today—put the resurrection power to work. Jesus died so you could live! There’s nothing that can match the yoke-destroying, burden-removing power of the resurrected King.
You’re not qualified to bear sin, sickness, disease and demons. Jesus did all that so you don’t have to bear it. So, you shouldn’t bear it. It’s blasphemous for you to even try.
Our part is to resist everything that tries to come on us that Jesus already bore for us on the cross. That’s our job. That’s what we’re required to do. He bore our sin, so we resist sin, or the temptation of it. He bore our sickness and disease, so we resist sickness and disease. Instead of being tempted to just lay down and put up with it, we resist it.
To walk in resurrection power, we believe, speak and act on healing. Expect the power of God in your physical body, expect the same power that raised Jesus from the dead to operate in your life, and live healed, healthy and whole in Jesus’ Name!
“I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.” –Revelation 1:18 (NKJV)
Jesus came to bring us new life. The word life in the Greek is zōē. It is the God kind of life—charging through our very being.
Living in zōē life means that God keeps on making life in our bodies because zōē is eternal, ongoing life. That resurrection life is designed to continually upgrade and renew our physical beings. If we are going to fulfill Scripture and live to 120 years (Genesis 6:3), then our bodies will have to experience a continual impartation of the zōē life of God.
Activate resurrection power by confessing the following: “Because of Jesus’ resurrection life in me, I am getting stronger and stronger every day.My eyes are seeing more clearly, my ears are hearing better, my mind is functioning perfectly, and every bone, organ, nerve and ligament is daily being supercharged with the glory of God! The same Spirit that raised up Jesus from the dead is now dwelling in me and is constantly making alive my mortal flesh (Romans 8:11). My days are being lengthened, and my youth is renewed the eagle’s (Psalm 103:5).”
Resurrection life is available to all of us, but we must receive it by faith. We must embrace a daily recognition of the life of God dwelling inside us and making alive our mortal flesh. This must become a reality. We should wake up every morning and declare, “The resurrection life of God is living in me today!”
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” –John 8:36 (NIV)
Resurrection power frees you from the bondage of sin and from your past. Your part in Jesus’ crucifixion and His suffering—what you must do to walk in resurrection power—is to forget those things that are behind you and reach forward to what is ahead for you (Philippians 3:13).
Do you know why Jesus shed His blood? It’s so simple. To get rid of yesterday. Think about it. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV). Now, the old things of yesterday need to be forgotten. Romans 6:4 says, “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death…even so we also should walk in newness of life” (KJV).
As a believer, you actually have residing in you the same new life God gave Jesus when He raised Him from the dead. The old sinner you once were has died. You’ve become a new creation on the inside. You are full of the resurrection life of God!
But sin, disobedience and living a selfish, carnal life will keep that resurrection life from flowing out. Sin will separate you from the power of God, even though you’re born again. Resurrection life will lay dormant in you if you walk in sin.
You don’t overcome sin by trying to stop sinning. You overcome it by walking after the new life God has put within you; by spending time in the Word and in prayer. As you do that, the Spirit of God will strengthen you and enable you to put that sin under your feet.
Take the first step today by asking for His help. Say, “Lord, I desire to experience the power to live by this new life every day. By a decision of my heart, I put down the dictates of sin.
I declare myself dead to it. In Jesus’ Name, I will spend time in prayer and in the Word today. As I do, I believe I’ll receive a Holy Spirit refreshing in my life.
I believe I’ll begin to live out the resurrection power You’ve placed in me!”Resurrection power sets you free from sin, shame and living in the past. And, it also sets you free from fear, worry and anxiety. Do you experience fear in your life? Know this—Jesus defeated fear, and you don’t ever have to fear again. Jesus took it.
You’re delivered from it. That resurrection power living in you means you don’t have to be afraid of anything. Fear was defeated in the pit of hell for you. You don’t have to be in fear over your family, your children, your finances, your health or your future.
So, go free in the Name of Jesus!
When you activate the power, live healed, live the zōē life and live free—you will live in resurrection power every day! As you celebrate Resurrection Sunday, let a new meaning of this day come up in your spirit, stir your faith, and activate resurrection power in your life. We have reason to celebrate every day because He is risen, indeed!
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Is There a Jewish Afterlife?
What happens after we die?
Judaism is famously ambiguous about this matter. The immortality of the soul, the World to Come, and the resurrection of the dead all feature prominently in Jewish tradition, but exactly what these things are and how they relate to each other has always been vague.
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Jewish conceptions of heaven and hell — Gan Eden (Garden of Eden) and Gehinnom — are associated with the belief in immortality and/or the World to Come, and were also developed independent of these concepts.
Most Jewish ideas about the afterlife developed in post-biblical times.
What the Bible Says
The Bible itself has very few references to life after death. Sheol, the bowels of the earth, is portrayed as the place of the dead, but in most instances Sheol seems to be more a metaphor for oblivion than an actual place where the dead “live” and retain consciousness.
The notion of resurrection appears in two late biblical sources, Daniel 12 and Isaiah 25-26.
Daniel 12:2 — “Many of those that sleep in the dust of the earth will awake, some to eternal life, others to reproaches, to everlasting abhorrence” — implies that resurrection will be followed by a day of judgment. Those judged favorably will live forever and those judged to be wicked will be punished.
Resurrection and the Messiah
Later Jewish tradition, however, is not clear about exactly who will be resurrected, when it will happen, and what will take place.
Some sources imply that the resurrection of the dead will occur during the messianic era. Others indicate that resurrection will follow the messianic era. Similarly, according to some, only the righteous will be resurrected, while according to others, everyone will be resurrected and — as implied in Daniel — a day of judgment will follow.
The Daniel text probably dates to the second century BCE, and at some point during the two centuries that followed, another afterlife idea entered Judaism: the immortality of the soul, the notion that the human soul lives on even after the death of the body. In the Middle Ages, Jewish mystics expanded this idea, developing theories about reincarnation — the transmigration of the soul.
The World to Come
The World to Come (olam haba) is the most ubiquitous Jewish idea related to the end of days.
It appears in early rabbinic sources as the ultimate reward of the individual Jew (and possibly the righteous gentile).
The Talmud contains scattered descriptions of the World to Come, sometimes comparing it to spiritual things such as studying Torah, other times comparing it to physical pleasures, such as sex.
However, not surprisingly, it is not obvious what exactly the “World to Come” is and when it will exist.
According to Nahmanides, among others, the World to Come is the era that will be ushered in by the resurrection of the dead, the world that will be enjoyed by the righteous who have merited additional life.
According to Maimonides, the World to Come refers to a time even beyond the world of the resurrected. He believed that the resurrected will eventually die a second death, at which point the souls of the righteous will enjoy a spiritual, bodiless existence in the presence of God.
Still, in other sources, the World to Come refers to the world inhabited by the righteous immediately following death–i.e. heaven, Gan Eden. In this view, the World to Come exists now, in some parallel universe.
Heaven and Hell
Indeed, the notion of heaven and hell may be the most ambiguous of all Jewish afterlife ideas. References to Gehinnom as a fiery place of judgment can be found in the apocalyptic literature of the Second Temple period. The Talmud embellished this idea, claiming that Gehinnom is 60 times hotter than earthly fire (Berakhot 57b).
The earliest reference to Gan Eden (the Garden of Eden) and Gehinnom as a pair is probably the rabbinic statement of the 1st century sage Yochanan ben Zakkai: “There are two paths before me, one leading to Gan Eden and the other to Gehinnom (Berakhot 28b).”
Many questions remain, however. If the sources that refer to the World to Come are referring to Gan Eden, then what is the world of the resurrected? And if judgment immediately follows death, then what need is there for the judgment that will follow the resurrection?Though some Jewish scholars have tried to clarify these ideas, it would be impossible to reconcile all the Jewish texts and sources that discuss the afterlife.
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One of the instructive things about Easter, which is not intended to take away from the day in any way, is how similar it is to every other day of the Christian experience. No doubt the Easter season gives us a “slight emotional bump” over the other days, but, honestly, this season is looking at a field full of beautiful flowers noticing one standing a petal or two higher than the rest.
This perspective is not a new reflective thought for me, but part of my ongoing awareness of what it is to experience the goodness of the resurrection every day of my life. Easter Sunday is not the resurrection, but a subjective date on the calendar that we chose to celebrate that historical event.
Easter Sunday is more about a reminder of how the resurrection should be the driving theme of our waking hours. Similar to communion, we are not literally eating His body or drinking His blood, but reminding ourselves of His death. These critical reminders help us to have a more transformative experience with God (Hebrews 3:7).
Easter reminds me of what my daughter said when she was five years old: “Daddy, every day with God is full of surprises.
” That was one of those things children say that you want to keep in your “quote worth re-quoting memory bank.” I kept that one.
Sometimes the simplicity of “kid-speak” can hit the nail on the head in such a way that their words become transcendent truth you never want to forget.
C. S. Lewis was getting at this “full of surprises” notion in his Narnia books where he talked about it always being winter and never Christmas. And then Aslan made his move, and winter was no more. Every day of the Christian life should be Christmas, not winter, but that is not always the case for the redeemed.
I have had long, extended winters of the soul where there were no other seasons to anticipate or enjoy. Days of formidable darkness as I stood on the edge of time, staring into nothingness.
Those were sad moments spent pondering tomorrow while knowing tomorrow would be more of the same. Personal suffering is a prisoner imprisoned without bars (Hebrews 13:3).
You may look and act everyone else, but you know it’s not true as you isolate in your private prison.
When the heavy hand of disappointment presses down on your soul, it is all you can do to crawl along into the next day, which looks the same as the last day. That is how it was for me for over nine years. I shuffled through the crucible of suffering, eventually coming out on the other end, never to be the same again.
During those sad days of eternal winter, the Lord was rehabbing my soul by introducing me to the other side of the Son of God. I knew and appreciated the “saving Jesus,” but I did not understand or appreciate the “suffering of Jesus.”
The Other Jesus
That other side of Jesus never comes into full view until you walk with Him for a while. I never saw “that Jesus” coming my way. Salvation was great, but suffering was an unwanted antagonist to my soul. It never occurred to me that the Lord had two gifts under Adam’s tree.
Paul said it this way: “For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake.” (See Philippians 1:29)
After Peter came his crucible, he began to write about this unwanted second blessing. He said, “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps” (1 Peter 2:21).Give me Jesus—the best parts, of course. It was the consideration of the other side of the Son of Man that compelled me to draw back and shrink from my call to suffer. Imitating Jesus through suffering put me at a crossroads. What will it be? My will or His (Luke 22:42)?
Even though I knew God loved me because I chose to place my confidence in His redemptive work alone, it began to dawn on me that the paraphernalia required to walk with God was a cross. (See Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23)
Peter went on to warned us not to think it strange when the fires of trying times are dialed up in our lives (1 Peter 4:12; Daniel 3:19). Whatever is happening to you is happening because you told the Lord that you wanted to follow Jesus, hoping that He would transform you into His image.
The entry point for Christness is salvation, but the process of working out that salvation (Philippians 2:12-13) is suffering. We call it progressive sanctification, but a more fitting descriptor may be a process of progressively dying until the Lord conforms you into Christness (Philippians 3:10).
Embracing Your Death
The simple part of Christianity is getting saved, no matter how difficult that was for you. The hard part of Christianity is conforming to the death of Jesus—a process of adjusting or removing anything and everything in your life that is more important to you than the Lord.
The price of admission is His death, but the process after the entry is your death. This worldview is not a strange thing; it’s a good thing.
It was the will of the Lord to crush His Son (Isaiah 53:10) on Adam’s tree—a truth that is essential for you to come to practical terms with if you want to mature in Jesus.
Have you fully considered the manner of love the Father has for you (1 John 3:1).
But he is unchangeable, and who can turn him back? What he desires, that he does. For he will complete what he appoints for me, and many such things are in his mind. Therefore I am terrified at his presence;
when I consider, I am in dread of him.
Easter Prayers: Celebrate Resurrection Day Victory
Our Savior has risen! This Easter day, the resurrection of Jesus reminds us that God makes all things new. He has given us the same resurrection power to live free from sin and death and to have a life fully ALIVE!
Easter is the celebration and remembrance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion. You can read more about the meaning, origin and history of the holiday on our article What is Easter?
We hope that the below Easter prayers will bring you renewed hope and faith this Resurrection Day.
Thank you that you make all things new. Thank you for the victory and power in your Name. Thank you that you hold the keys over death, that by your might, Jesus was raised from the grave, paving the way for us to have new life with you. Thank you that you had plan, that you made a way.
We confess our need for you…fresh…new…again. We ask that you renew our hearts, minds, and lives, for the days ahead. We pray for your refreshing over us.
Keep your words of truth planted firm within us, help us to keep focused on what is pure and right, give us the power to be obedient to your word.And when the enemy reminds us where we have been, hissing his lies and attacks our way, we trust that your voice speaks louder and stronger, reminding us we are safe with you and that your purposes and plans will not fail.
We ask that you will be our defense and rear guard, keeping our way clear, removing the obstacles, and covering the pitfalls. Lord, lead us on your level ground.
Shine your light in us, through us, over us. May we make a difference in this world, for your glory and purposes. Set you way before us. May all your plans succeed. We may reflect your peace and hope to a world that so desperately needs your presence and healing.
Thanks be to you God, for your indescribable gift! To you be glory and honor, on this Resurrection Day, and forever. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
– Debbie McDaniel
Easter Sunday Prayer
Lord God, You loved this world so much, That you gave your one and only Son, That we might be called your children too. Lord, help us to live in the gladness and grace Of Easter Sunday, everyday.
Let us have hearts of thankfulness For your sacrifice. Let us have eyes that look upon Your grace and rejoice in our salvation. Help us to walk in that mighty grace And tell your good news to the world.
All for your glory do we pray, Lord, Amen.
– Rachel Marie Stone
Matthew 28 Easter Prayer
- “Do not be afraid,” – God, I hand over to You those things that make me so afraid. Resurrect the parts of my faith squelched by fear.
- “I know that you are looking for Jesus,” – God, when my soul is searching, help me know the answer to every longing can be found in You.
- “He has risen,” – God, the fact that Jesus is risen should lift my head, my heart and my attitude. Help me to live today as if I really believe this with every part of my life.
- “just as he said,” – Jesus, You keep Your promises. Help me live as though I believe that with every part of me.
Help me trust You more, obey You more and resemble You more.
- “Come and see,” – Jesus, You had the angels invite the women in to see for themselves that You had risen. You invite me into these personal revelations every day. Forgive me for sometimes rushing about and forgetting to come and see for myself …
You, Your Word, Your insights.
- “Then go quickly and tell his disciples,” – Jesus, I don't want to be a secret keeper with my faith. I want to be a bold and gracious truth proclaimer. For You. With You. Because of You. Me, the unwanted girl whom You loved, redeemed and wanted.
In Jesus' Name, Amen.
– Lysa TerKeurst
Good Friday Prayer
Lord God, Jesus cried out to you on the cross, “Why have you forsaken me?” You seemed so far from his cry And from his distress. Those who stood at the foot of the cross Wondered where you were, As they saw Jesus mocked and shamed and killed.
Where were you then?
Lord God, We, too, ask where you are, When there is trouble and suffering and death, And we cry out to you for help. Be near to us, and save us
So that we may praise you for your deliverance.
Lord God, We wait, on Friday, for the resurrection of Sunday And sometimes our lives seem a succession of Fridays And we cannot see what is “Good.” Teach us to call your name As Jesus did. Make us to trust in you little children. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
– Rachel Marie Stone
Father, Thank You for the miracle of life – abundant life here, and eternal life with You in Heaven. Help me celebrate that life every day as I seek You and follow Your plan for my life. Today, I say with the Apostle Paul, “Where, O death is your victory? Where, O death is your sting?” In Jesus’ name, Amen.
– Mary Southerland
Lord Jesus Christ, I rejoice and rejoice continually in Your glorious and triumphant victory over death. For Your victory is my victory. Help me to live by it, in it, and for it. I am grateful to my depths – grateful forever. Amen.
– Selwyn Hughes
Lord, death could not hold You. And because of You, the resurrection, we, too, can live. Thank You that the grave is only a journey into the presence of God. You have removed the sting of death and empowered this thing called life. Now I will live in Your presence forever. Amen.
– Rebecca Barlow Jordan
Dear Lord, may I realize afresh today what Your death and resurrection mean for me. Forgiveness … Freedom … and the ability to walk with You through this fallen world into eternity. May I always find my satisfaction in You and Your willingness to offer Yourself to me. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
– Rachel Olsen
Prayer for Lent
Thank you for the gift of this season. Thank you for knowing our hearts and our need for rhythms in our lives, and for drawing us into a deeper communion with you throughout the coming 40 days.
Lord, it can be disheartening to read on Ash Wednesday that all come from dust, and to dust all return (Ecclesiastes 3:20), yet we know that there is more to our stories.
We know that you created man and woman from the dust at the very beginning of time (Genesis 2:7) and that you breathed life into them to transform them into living creatures.We know that you are in the business of resurrection– your very Son went to the cross to show us that no death is final and that ultimate transformation comes through your gift of salvation. Though we were made from dust, and our bodies will return to dust again, we can live in eternal glory with you through the blood of your Son.
May we remember the gift of salvation in this season.
May these weeks leading up to the tragedy of Good Friday and the glory of Resurrection Sunday remind us of who you are, how you love us, and who you have created us to be as your followers… Read more of our Prayer for Lent
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When is Easter?
The early Christians began remembering the Resurrection every Sunday following its occurrence. In A.D. 325, the Council of Nicaea set aside a special day just to celebrate the Resurrection.
The problem with an official day was deciding whether the Resurrection should be celebrated on a weekday or always on a Sunday.
Learn more about the reason behind Easter being celebrated on a Sunday and when easter is this year at our article When is Easter?
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