The next day, on the Sabbath, the leading priests and Pharisees went to see Pilate. They told him, “Sir, we remember what that deceiver once said while he was still alive: ‘After three days I will rise from the dead.’ So we request that you seal the tomb until the third day. This will prevent his disciples from coming and stealing his body and then telling everyone he was raised from the dead! If that happens, we’ll be worse off than we were at first.” Pilate replied, “Take guards and secure it the best you can.” So they sealed the tomb and posted guards to protect it.

– Matthew 27:62-66


Dear Jesus,
Like the Pharisees on that day so many years ago, I sometimes try to control you, seal you off from my life, and restrain your power. It’s in those times I miss the miracles. Lord, let me live as one who wants to roll away the stone and look for you to fulfill promises, to witness how nothing can contain you, and know everything is possible. Take down my guard, Lord, so tomorrow I will understand, to depths I never have before, the resurrection power of an empty tomb.
In your powerful name I pray,


Today’s prayer invites God to remove the barriers, boundaries, and stumbling blocks that might prevent us from experiencing Easter in the most powerful way. This isn’t an easy feat, especially when we try to make sure everything is exactly the way we desire it rather than the way God wants it to be. If you’re planning to attend an Easter service today, pray that God reveals his desires for you and the freedom we have in him in a new way, so you are energized and empowered. If you’re planning to attend a service tomorrow, take a few moments to reflect on your time spent in prayer these past 60 days and share your experience using the form below.


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