Dear Heavenly Father, you turned your back on your only Son when He suffered and died on the cross. You forsook Him so that all who place their faith in Jesus as Savior would never be forsaken. By your Spirit, draw us near to you, for Jesus’ sake, Amen.
Lord Jesus, keep us in the assurance that because you said, “It is finished,” we know that we have forgiveness of sins and eternal life with you. Heavenly Father, give us the courage to tell others of the glory that lies ahead for all your children. Thank you for all you have endured to put us right again. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dear Father in Heaven, thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, to die and then rise from the dead for each one of us. Thank you for making it possible to have victory in the life experiences that would otherwise keep us in overwhelming despair. Father, help us to have eyes of faith that understand this. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Father, God of Light, in whom no darkness dwells, thank you for sending your only Son to take us out of the shadows and into your Light. Help us to live as people who love and follow Jesus, the radiance of your glory, the true light of the world. Guide us as we shine that light into the lives of others who are still lost in the darkness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As we enter the Holy Week, take time to read the passion and resurrection of Jesus in its entirety.
All four books of the Gospel tell the story but each with a different emphasis, based on the author and the message.
This year, we recommend reading John's version (beginning at John 12:12), which focuses on the exaltation of Jesus, how he remains in charge, driving all the action, completing the will of the Father, and being glorified as He is lifted up.
Heavenly Father, I am so grateful for your love and grace. I am humbled by your love for me. I pray we would all live our lives for you. Our lives and the work we do is nothing compared to what You give freely to those who accept Your Son, Jesus, as Lord and Savior. Father, I pray, you would help all your children learn to listen for You and that you would continue to give us your grace, mercy, and love. I pray this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.