Pray Hope – April 1

Prayer Focus: Proclamation of the Good News

Reading: Ephesians 6: 19-20

19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak..

Ephesians 6:19-20


We shift our focus in our Pray Hope for Houston initiative to the theme “Proclamation of the Good News.” If people need something in these uncertain times it is Good News. We have the good news of the coming of salvation in the coming of Jesus Christ. It is not a religious system we proclaim it is a person – it is the resurrection.

This life is frail. Life may end after a long and healthy life. Life may end in a tragic car accident. Life may end after a battle with the Coronavirus. Life on this earth will end – then what? “O, death, where is your victory? O, death where is your sting?” (The Apostle Paul)

We have this to proclaim – “Death be not proud”~ death should not be feared; you can not be killed because death is like sleeping. We are really at rest when we die.” (John Donne)

Prayer Prompts:

(1) Lord, as we open our mouths in these days to share you, may
you give us the words to say and may we fearlessly share the gospel
of Christ with all peoples.

(2) Lord, we are struck in these verses by Paul’s prayer request –
that he might be utterly fearless (v19 and v 20) in his proclamation
of the Gospel. Give us that type of fearlessness Lord. May we see
our lives as they truly are – we are ambassadors of Christ and
people who are called to serve Christ faithfully no matter what we
face. Sound your good news through our lips and lives.