Prayer Focus: St Martin, St Pierre & Miquelon, St Vincent

Bible Reading: Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20-21

Scripture

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John  20:29)

Observation

Thomas doubted. When he saw Jesus and His wounds, he believed. Jesus’ response in this verse is telling. There is no shame or guilt, but there is a blessing for those who have not seen and yet believe.

Application

This verse encourages me for three reasons. First, it reminds me that faith is a gift and even one of Jesus’ best friends had doubts. Second, doubts are not worthy of shame. Thomas did have faith. He just tested and verified it. How many zombies had Thomas encountered prior to Jesus, after all? Thirdly, our faith is commended and we are blessed for it—despite the fact that it is a gift from God—since we have not seen Him…yet!

Prayer

Jesus, I can’t wait to see You! What a great day that will be! In the meantime, thank You for the gift of faith. I believe. Help me in my unbelief. Open my eyes to see You at work in, through, and around me. I love You, LORD, risen Christ, alive Messiah, Prince of peace! In Your all-powerful Name, amen.

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