Podcast Worship

Daily Prayer for 5 May (Easter 4: Friday)

Listen to a service of Daily Prayer for 5 May 2023, including a reflection on John 14.1-6 (Easter 4: Friday)


O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

In your resurrection, O Christ,
let heaven and earth rejoice. Alleluia.

Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
As once you ransomed your people from Egypt
and led them to freedom in the promised land,
so now you have delivered us from the dominion of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of your risen Son.
May we, the first fruits of your new creation,
rejoice in this new day you have made,
and praise you for your mighty acts.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.

John 14.1-6

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.’ Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’


Thomas said: ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’

We encounter Thomas three times in the gospel narrative. He is the one who urges others to step into physical danger as Jesus insists upon returning to dangerous territory. He is the one who, after the resurrection, would not believe until he knew that he and his fellow disciples were not being deceived. And, in today’s reading, he is the one who puts into words the thoughts of others: Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way? In response to Thomas’ question Jesus provides the answer that should fill our hearts with joy and hope: I am the way, and the truth, and the life.

Jesus gave Thomas, and us, a simple statement of fact. Those three words … way, truth, life … summarise everything about the life of the faithful disciple. If we want to get closer to God, Jesus shows us the way. If we want to know how to live our lives as we journey towards an eternity in God’s nearer presence, Jesus gives us the truth. If we remain faithful in our following of the way and the truth we will reach the ultimate destination at which we will come to know the inexpressible joy of eternal life.

Sadly, the journey of faith is not simple. As demonstrated by the gospel account of Thomas’ interaction with Jesus, we will want to ask questions, we will have to face challenging moments of confusion and threat, and we will have to learn to put self to one side. As Jesus offers his response to Thomas, he presents us with the itinerary for our earthly pilgrimage: faith, prayer, engagement with scripture and a willingness to not only ask questions, but also listen to and believe the answers.

Jesus wants us to be ready to take our place in the dwellings he has prepared for us in his Father’s house. The places are ready and waiting for us, but we need to take our journey to that ultimate destination seriously. We have to avoid journeying in our own wisdom and trust in the wisdom of Jesus. Instead of relying on the answers we concoct for ourselves, we have to hear the words of Christ, and then trust and act on those words … they really do provide us with the only route to an eternity in God’s wonderful Kingdom.


To Christ, the Lamb who was slain,
and who now lives in the glory of the Father,
let us lift our voices in praise, saying:
risen Lord, we bless you, alleluia.

Lord Jesus, you are the Amen, the faithful witness,
the firstborn of the dead:
Risen Lord, we bless you, alleluia.

You are Alpha and Omega,
the one who is, and was, and who is to come:
Risen Lord, we bless you, alleluia.

You search into the thoughts and affections of all people:
Risen Lord, we bless you, alleluia.

You reprove and chasten those whom you love:
Risen Lord, we bless you, alleluia.

You open the eyes of the blind
and set the prisoners free:
Risen Lord, we bless you, alleluia.

In your paschal victory,
you have proclaimed the coming of the kingdom:
Risen Lord, we bless you, alleluia.

God of glory,
by the raising of your Son
you have broken the chains of death and hell:
fill your Church with faith and hope;
for a new day has dawned
and the way to life stands open
in our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Rejoicing in God’s new creation,
let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

The God of peace,
who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus,
that great shepherd of the sheep,
through the blood of the eternal covenant,
make us perfect in every good work to do his will,
working in us that which is well-pleasing in his sight;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among us and remain with us always.