Death Leads to Resurrection

By Becky Wilder, Holston WCA Board Member

As we draw near Holy Week, I’m reminded that before resurrection a death had to be embraced. Scripture tells us that Jesus willingly laid down his life and took up his cross. If any of us had been there watching the events of that week unfold, we would have been horrified. And yet, it was God’s greatest plan for all of history.

When I think of this I wonder … what am I refusing to embrace so that God can unfold his good work in me? Am I willing to lay down my human ideas and plans to trust Him completely? Am I ready to shift to Kingdom living even though it means dying to my way of life?

This month, “The Way To The Kingdom” prayer guide is written by the Rev. Dr. Kimberly D. Reisman and focuses on becoming peacemakers. Pray through each day and then repeat the next week. (You can read the entire article by Rev. Dr. Reisman here.

Daily Prayer Points

Sunday: Pray through any divisiveness and anger, and toward reconciliation, remembering that eventually even Paul and Barnabas had to separate to continue their Kingdom work. (Matthew 5:44-47)

Monday: Pray through any bitterness and unforgiveness, and toward mercy and forgiveness. (Colossians 3:12-17)

Tuesday: Pray through any spirit of vengeance or ill-will, and toward genuine expressions of goodwill, planting seeds of peace and reconciliation. (James 3:11-13)

Wednesday: Pray through the tendency to accommodate Jesus into our worldviews, and toward being transformed into his way of life. Remember that following the way of peace is always an energetic and risky endeavor, filled with vigorous, complicated, costly and insistent goodwill. (Ephesians 5:8-11)

Thursday: Pray through any self-righteousness, and toward a recognition that human conflict is never a clear situation of pure wickedness coming up against irrefutable good. (Ephesians 2:13-16)

Friday: Pray through any hardness of heart, and toward a willingness to restore community. (Matthew 5:23-24)

Saturday: Pray through worry, weariness, and discouragement, and toward the knowledge that God has begun a new work in our Methodist movement and will be faithful to complete it. (John 16:33)

The Holston WCA Intercessory Prayer Group continues to meet on Zoom at 11 a.m. Wednesdays, and we would love for you to join us. Contact me at and I will send you the access link.

Becky Wilder is the WCA International Intercessors Leader for the Holston Chapter.

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