Prayer for the Week

Last Sunday after the Epiphany

O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than fifty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • John W Frye

    Amen. (Oops, comment was too short.)

  • Susan N.

    Last night, I was reading an excellent linked article that tim e shared in the comments of the ‘Anabaptism and Atonement’ post: “Leaving Munster…The Day God Turned His Cheek.”

    A few relevant (to this prayer) thoughts from the article’s conclusion:

    “The followers of Christ today must embrace the path that Jesus laid down for us. By acknowledging that his way [the way of the cross?] is superior to our own and trusting in him, we can live under the reign of God and witness to the powers that His power is greater than that of Sin and Death…Jesus demonstrated that such liberating life can be costly. Yet…he also showed that such a life will, ultimately, lead to victory.”

    “…by revealing that Jesus Christ – in his life, death and resurrection – has provided rescue from the powers that threaten to hold us captive and has shown us how to live under the liberating rule of God, it is most assuredly good news.”

    Bearing our cross(es) like Jesus said and did is the way to liberation/resurrection life. Of course it’s heavy and hard work, but Jesus promised to help the weary and heavy-laden, too, if we yoke up with Him. :-)

    Thanks, Scot, for this prayer and many other thoughtful posts and discussions which have become distilled, in a sense, into one ongoing prayer-in-action for me. Your written presence, at least, tends to be a good influence on me. Much appreciated.

    I will add my “Amen” (let it be so, Lord.) to John W. Frye’s!


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