Heavenly Father, How Great Thou art and how gracious Your great redemption plan for mankind. We thank You greatly as we walk through this day and commemorate the great love and sacrifice of Your beloved Son Jesus. We thank You, gracious God, for Your great redemption plan, through which we are called Your offspring and by which we understand there’s a forgiveness incomprehensible, a love inexhaustible and a life unimaginable, in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Lord Jesus, how can we thank You for the great love You have for us. How can we ever repay You for the price You paid on the cross. How can we, Lord, ever forget the great sacrifice of You, laying down Your life that we may live and have life to the fullest. And how great is Your saving Grace that made us one with the Father, in reconciliation and in life eternal.
Through the crowns of thorns and scourging, and through the cross, You carried our sins. We pray to remember to carry our cross and heed Your call to follow You and, through sorrow, pain and torment of the world, only remember Your journey of laying down Your life for us. May we rejoice to know that through our suffering, we have Your compassion and love and, in Your perfect timing, You will set us free from all danger, evil and illness. And we pray and meditate on the seven last words of Yours before You gave Your life for the world.
Luke 23 : 34 “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Lord Jesus, we come to You in repentance and reconciliation and forgiveness. Through the power of the cross You have redeemed us, and we seek Your pardon for the times we have failed You in sin, living a life of self contentment and very much of the world. Help us, in our journey of faith, to follow Your simple, humble, loving and caring way of life and receive Your grace in this world and in the world to come.
Luke 23 : 43 “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
Lord, we pray that by our faith and by our ways, and in our great love for You, that we may find favor and forever in You abide. Through Your Holy Spirit, lead us we ask, that we may do all things pleasing in Your sight. Help us Lord, to always stay in Your presence and light.
John 19 : 26-27 He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!”
Lord, we see Your great care, love and compassion revealed in Your words to Your mother at the cross. May we, in our lives, be filled in this same care, compassion and love, as we are called to love and serve our fellow people. Help us to not see separation, help us Lord to not define others by color and status, but love all, in selflessness and goodness and avoid all evil.
Matthew 27 : 46 Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
O gracious Lord and Savior, at times we cry out for help and at times we feel forsaken; help us to remember the way You were forsaken by mankind. Help us to not dwell on our sufferings but to trust and leave them at Your feet, trusting that You know what’s best for us. May daily fervent prayer be our armour in conquering our times of fear and trouble.
John 19 : 28 “I thirst.”
We pray, Lord, to thirst for goodness and righteousness, and we thirst for Your living waters that may never run dry in us. May we thirst to be filled, through Your Holy Spirit, with wisdom, discernment and prudence, in a world of folly. We pray that we always quench our thirst in Your blessed name and Your great love.
John 19 : 30 “It is finished.”
O Lord, Jesus Christ, who finished the work that you were sent to do, enable us, through your Holy Spirit, to be faithful to our call. Grant us strength to bear our crosses and endure our sufferings, even unto death. Enable us to live and love so faithfully that we also become good news to the world, as Your witnesses.
Luke 23 : 46 “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”
Father, into whose hands your beloved Son Jesus Christ commended His spirit, grant that we, too, following His example, in all of our life and at the moment of our death entrust our lives into Your faithful hands of love and be brought in Grace into eternal life. We thank You for this great mystery of the cross and we pray, in the blessed name of Jesus, who gave His life and love.