In I Corinthians 15:53-56, Paul states:  “…Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

This passage is deeply meaningful always – but especially at Easter. It’s a tremendous scripture to inspire and help guide our prayers. Not only do we pray this as a prayer of thanksgiving, expressing gratitude for Christ’s love, sacrificial death, and resurrection, but it’s also a powerful prayer of affirmation. Praying this prayer allows us to say to God, “Because You rose from the dead and live, I will one day rise and live with You forever!” I’m not sure there is a more powerful prayer that builds our faith, praising Christ for His resurrection power while at the same time praising Him for offering us eternal life.

This Easter, take some time to memorize these verses…and also pray them. Offer prayers of praise and allow your faith to grow as you reaffirm that because Jesus rose from the grave, we one day will also rise. “Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!” Amen!