Dear Lord,

We pray that as we enter into this time of study of your word through The Story, that you would lift us up through your scriptures as a people of hope.  If we feel tired in life, let us be restored through your chapters.  If we hunger, feed us verse by verse.  If fear grips us, allow the words of the patriarchs and matriarchs, prophets and poets, Savior and disciples to comfort, steady us and affix in us renewed purpose with new found resolve.  Amen.


For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.   — Romans 15:4