{1 Corinthians 15:20; NLT}

But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died.

My Heavenly Father, I thank You for loving me, even though I have not always loved You. I thank You for not giving up on me, even when I had given up on You. I thank You for pursuing me, even when I ran far away from You. God, thank You for being my loving Heavenly Father.

Father, You know the problems that we have in this world. I get overwhelmed thinking about the evil that occurs in this world each day. I seem so powerless to do anything about it, and at times it makes me wonder where You are in all of this.

This is why thank You for the resurrection. The resurrection is Your declaration that You love this world and desire to restore and redeem it. In the resurrection of Jesus we get the foretaste of Your hope for creation.

I ask that You will empower me to partner with You in bringing Your hope, restoration, forgiveness, mercy, and love into this world. I want to be part of what You are doing right now in the world around me. I want to build for Your kingdom right here.

It is in Jesus’ name that I pray, amen.


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