“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.’” Matthew 28:5-7 (NIV)
Every holiday, I feel like I just don’t get enough time to sit in quietness and linger. We run from one family event to the next. And while we are so very thankful for this season of being close to family, I want to take time to bask in the message of Easter – one that is so vitally pivotal to my faith.
I want Easter to continue to transform me.
So this week, I’m taking some extra time to linger with this message, because in the hubbub of nieces and egg hunts and precious time with people, I don’t linger in that quietness…
I read a beautiful devotional from Proverbs 31 ministries based on Matthew 28:5-7. I hope it inspires you this week in your worship and reflection on the LIFE that changed everything.
I keep my Bible open to the place where the angel spoke to the women at the tomb. And I tangle my thoughts around His words from Matthew 28 as six prayers emerge …
• “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.
Yes, let this miraculous Easter be personal. And prayerful. And linger a bit longer.
by Lysa TyerKurst, “6 Ways to Pray the Week After Easter”
May your week after Easter be full of hope as you contemplate RESURRECTION in your life!
Step by Step,