Friday, April 3, 2015 9:01 AM

Today, We Pray

Friday, April 3, 2015 9:01 AM
Friday, April 3, 2015 9:01 AM

April 3, 2015

We are in the middle of Holy Week. We celebrated the high of Palm Sunday with Jesus entering into Jerusalem as a King. Last night at Maundy Thursday service, we celebrated communion because Jesus held the first communion with his disciples the night before he died. It was this night that Jesus was betrayed.  As we wait for the amazing ending on Sunday with resurrection, today we remember that resurrection required death. That is today – a day we call Good Friday. 

It always struck me as odd that we called today good. Palm Sunday – good. Easter – absolutely good. Good Friday? No – this is the day that Jesus died. The heavens wept on this day. The sky turned dark. Jesus’ best friends turned on him. This day was anything but good.

And yet, when Jesus died, the veil in the temple separating God from humanity was torn marking the availability of God’s grace to all. Resurrection was only possible because there was a death. On this day, our sin was made right with God. No matter how horrible our lives get, Jesus joined us in anguish. 

So how do we talk about today? Happy Good Friday? No. I don’t think that we “celebrate” Good Friday. Instead, we simply spend today in prayer. 

We pray that God would forgive us for the ways in which we have sinned.  

We pray that we might not turn our back on God when doing so seems dangerous. 

We pray for our church that we would lead others to faith in God. 

We pray for our neighbors who desperately need God.

And at the very core, we merely give thanks today that God entered human flesh in the person of Jesus and was willing to die on the cross for us.  

That is it. Today is not a day to do; today is a day to pray. 

In fact, our church is in prayer right now for 48 hours. We are praying for the one person that God is calling us to reach. We are praying that God would prepare our hearts for those people. We are praying that we would follow God’s lead.  And we are praying that we would offer Christ boldly. You can sign up to pray here.

Today on Good Friday as we are in the middle of Holy Week, don’t just go through your Friday; spend some time in prayer. Tonight from 5:45-6:45 p.m. we have a come-and-go meditation experience in The Well and at 7:00 our Good Friday worship service in the Sanctuary. You might just find that this day is the best of days because it is this day that enables resurrection. 

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