A Prayer to the God of Peace

“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Hebrews 13:20-21)

God of peace,
Bringer of shalom to a world of unending conflict,
Maker of unity amidst currents of angst,
Giver of the gift of the Lamb who takes away sin and death
by dying and rising in miraculous power,
guide us through this wearisome way
that we might enjoy abundant life in You.
Equip us in the midst of weakness
that we might follow Your word and walk in Your will.
Work in us what brings You greatest pleasure,
for living in Your joy and delight we find You as our greatest treasure.
We look to You, our loving Father.
We look to You, the glorified Son.
We look to You, the ever-present Spirit.
Three in One, thrice holy God,
our lives are Yours,
now and forever.
Amen.

A Prayer of Adoration in the Morning

“O LORD my God, I cried unto you, and you have made me whole.” (Psalm 30:2)

Early in the morning I draw near to You
to pray, to worship, to be still.

Like the disciples who gathered after Your resurrection
to meet with You again in Galilee,
I bow in worship for You are my Lord and my God,
yet I also hesitate because of myself.
I bring my real self—imperfect and broken,
sinful and self-focused—to You.
Heal me, help me, forgive me, deliver me,
and make me whole in You.

Set me free on the pathway of this day
and walk with me as You show me the road to take.
All my life is Yours for You are worthy of it.
All my minutes are Yours for You reign over them all.

You, God, are my God, my Savior, my King,
my Healer, my Deliverer, and the Lover of my soul.
In the stillness of this early hour I marvel at You—
Your majestic power and Your tender love,
Your steadfast righteousness and Your pervasive justice,
Your unflinching faithfulness and humble holiness.

You, God, are my God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—
and I worship You with my restored life today.

A Prayer to God for Help

“Many, Lord, are asking, ‘Who will bring us prosperity?’
Let the light of your face shine on us.
Fill my heart with joy
when their grain and new wine abound.
In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, Lord,
make me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:6-8, NIV)

“At day’s end I’m ready for sound sleep,
For you, God, have put my life back together.” (Psalm 4:8, MSG)

O LORD, when troubles gather round me
(and they never fail to come),
You are the One I turn to for help
for Your help is always the best available.

When waves whip up around my life,
which seems like a boat helplessly tossed at sea in a storm,
You are the One who speaks peace
and brings calm no matter the circumstances.

You are the source of all my joys
in the best and brightest times,
and You are the bringer of true comfort
in the dire and dark days.

I love knowing You and walking with You.
In every day and every year, keep me close
that I might walk on Your road all my life.

A Prayer for the Road of Life with Jesus

“Let the dawn bring news
of Your unfailing love
for I put my trust in You.
Show me the road
that I must travel
for You to relieve my heart.” (Psalm 143:8, NJB)

“Jesus said, ‘I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me.” (John 14:6, Message)

You who have called me to follow You,
take me into Your Road—Your Way.
Lead me away from other ways
that I might find Your truth and Your life
as I walk within Your road.

I admit that many times I seek Your life
apart from Your Road,
doing damage to my own soul and others
by trying to calm new wine into old wineskins.

Forgive me, LORD, and show me again
the Road that I must travel
to find Your peace, Your truth, and Your life.

Open my eyes when I become blind.
Open my ears when I become deaf.
Guide my feet when I lose my bearings.
And strengthen my heart when I lose courage.

I am Yours, and I rest in Your road
and Your truth and Your life.

The Good News of Jesus

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This weekend, as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus at Eastbrook Church, we will begin a two-week message series exploring “The Good News of Jesus.” Drawing upon the post-resurrection accounts within the Gospel of John, we want to bring into sharper focus the ways in which Jesus brings good news to the world.

April 20/21 [Easter]: “The Good News of the Resurrected One” – John 20:1-10, 30-31
The resurrection of Jesus from death brings good news into our lives. As we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, we will also explore three themes of how this is good news: light overwhelming darkness, freedom overcoming prisons, and life overpowering death.

April 27/28: “The Good News of New Beginnings” – John 20:11-21:25
After Jesus’ resurrection, John offer a series of encounters that Jesus has with real people. Each of these encounters sheds light on the way in which Jesus’ resurrection is good news: God’s presence in loss (Mary), God’s peace in fear (disciples in the upper room), God’s guidance in doubt (Thomas), and God’s restoration in failure (Peter).