Saturday, May 7, 2011

Daily Readings May 22-28, 2011

Daily Lectionary

May 22 Leviticus 20:1-16, 22-27; Luke 11:37-54
May 23 Leviticus 21:1-24; Luke 12:1-12
May 24 Leviticus 23:1-22; Luke 12:13-34
May 25 Leviticus 23:23-44; Luke 12:35-53
May 26 Leviticus 24:1-23; Luke 12:54-13:17; Leviticus 25:1-55
May 27 Leviticus 26:1-20; Luke 13:18-35
May 28 Looking Ahead to Sunday Numbers 21:4–9; James 1:22–27; John 16:23–33

Numbers 21:4–9; James 1:22–27; John 16:23–30 (31–33)

The Father Answers Our Prayers Because of Jesus
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you” (John 16:23). To pray in Jesus’ name is to pray as one who has been baptized. For it is in the water that He put His name upon you, claiming you as His own, making you a son of God with access to the Father. By His incarnation and crucifixion, our Lord Jesus broke through the barrier of sin which separated us from God, opening a portal to the Father. To pray in Jesus’ name is to pray with faith in Him as the one Mediator between God and men, who gave Himself a ransom for all (1 Timothy 2:1–6). Like Moses in the wilderness, Jesus is our go-between and intercessor before the throne of heaven. He was lifted up for us on the cross that we might be saved and restored to fellowship with the Father (Numbers 21:4–9). Looking into this perfect teaching of liberty (James 1:22–27) we pray with boldness and confidence as dear children of God.

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