Saturday 22 April 2023
Acts 6:1-7. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you – Psalm 32(33):1-2, 4-5, 18-19. John 6:16-21.
Praying for a world in which Jesus walks among us
‘Do not be afraid.’ These are words that we often hear in the Bible, often as people witness something miraculous taking place. Our natural first reaction when we see something outside our experience, something unexplainable, is to be afraid. Is the world as we know it changing? What will this mean for everything that makes us feel secure?
The coming of Jesus did, indeed, change the world. Everything that we understand about the world, all the ‘rules’ in society that we take for granted, suddenly come into question in the light of Christ’s presence among us. It can be scary to consider this – but that’s not the reaction Jesus wants. What we should feel is freedom and excitement about the potential for a world in which Jesus walks among us.
We pray today that our eyes are opened to Jesus, and that we might feel more free to embrace what he has to offer ourselves and our world.