Seeking God's Face is a daily, contemplative devotional — rooted in the ancient traditions of the Divine Office and "lectio divina" — guiding you to renewed communion with God through sacred Scripture and universal prayer.

April 23, 2022

— Easter • Day 7

Invitation 1 Pet. 1:3

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."

Quiet

Bible Song Psalm 71:1-6, 22-24

In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame.

In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me;
turn your ear to me and save me.

Be my rock of refuge,
to which I can always go;

give the command to save me,
for you are my rock and my fortress.

Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,
from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel.

For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord,
my confidence since my youth.

From birth I have relied on you;
you brought me forth from my mother's womb.
I will ever praise you...

I will praise you with the harp
for your faithfulness, my God;

I will sing praise to you with the lyre,
Holy One of Israel.

My lips will shout for joy
when I sing praise to you —
I whom you have delivered.

My tongue will tell of your righteous acts all day long,
for those who wanted to harm me
have been put to shame and confusion.

Bible Reading Colossians 3:1-4

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Quiet

Dwelling

Read again, perhaps out loud ... how has God's Word moved you? Ponder and meditate what has connected with your heart or mind ... pray to God what it is that has moved you today ... turn your thoughts to God and quietly enjoy being with him.

Free Prayer

  • for the flourishing and growth of Christ's church everywhere
  • for worship that glorifies God and gathers, unites, and blesses his people
  • for all members in their witness in the community

Prayer CD 3/4.13

Lord God, I pray that my capacity to know and experience life might be magnified in Christ. By your grace set the eyes of my heart on Jesus, giving me a widened imagination to see everything from your perspective, to live in faith, and to love my Savior. Amen.

Blessing Ephesians 3:20-21

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."