Friday Prayer Requests
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. John 1:1-9
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
Throughout the Bible, light and darkness are images used to show the big gap between God’s love and our human tendency towards sinfulness and ignorance. Darkness hides our blemishes and gives us the illusion of safety. It cuts us off from those around us, it keeps us bound up in our own thoughts, needs, and concerns. In fact, sometimes, we becomes so wrapped up in our own life of sports practices, honors society, or music rehearsals that we lose focus on the people that give us joy.
Yet darkness does not win the day. Notice the source of the light in these Scripture verses does not come from our own work. Jesus says, “I am the light of the world.” We don’t need to ‘try harder’ or ‘do better’ – we accept the love of Jesus made freely available to the entire world. When we encounter the light of this love, we find grace for our weaknesses and an invitation to relationship with everyone in the body of Christ.
Hear the good news: you have been called by God, and the light of Christ lives within you. Thanks be to God!
- Pray for the entire group as we enter the third day of work and begin to feel tired.
- Pray for students as they study, pray, and reflect together on what God is doing in their lives.
- Pray for the congregations and ministries represented on this trip, particularly as they serve faithfully in their own places.