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Holy Week and Praying for God’s Mission
Last Week of Lent
We have made it! We now enter into the last week of Lent, also known as Holy Week. It began on Sunday when we celebrated Palm Sunday. It is the week where Jesus was in Jerusalem teaching the crowds and when the Pharisees tried to trap him in His thoughts. I strongly recommend taking the time to read one of the gospel accounts from the first Holy Week. This is the time where Jesus didn’t hold back. He was setting the stage for himself to be arrested.
Everything we have read and prayed during Lent leads up to this week. In this hub I’m going to talking about three of the days; Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. These three days before Easter have something to say about God’s mission. At each section in this hub I will give suggestions on how to pray. So, sit back, ask God and the Holy Spirit to join you in reading these things, and reflect. If you have any thoughts, please share them with us.
The Blood of the New Covent
This is the night when communion was established. Jesus also gives some final teachings to his disciples; prayed for all of His disciples both past and future; and when he was arrested. It was a full night. In some churches they will have a foot washing ceremony. My church celebrates communion together and then have a series of readings on Christ’s prayer, arrest, and middle of the night trial.
How to do we pray in light of God’s mission? Great question! Here are my thoughts.
There are many passages about this night in the Bible. Pick one and pray through it. In other words, pray for what you read. Pray for understanding. Pray for revealed knowledge.
Ask how you can “wash others feet”. This isn’t necessarily washing feet, but filling a need for others. A way to show your and God’s love for them. This could lead to them being saved.
If you can, go to church this evening.
Lead Me to the Cross
I’m sure that Friday when Jesus died didn’t feel like a Good Friday, but it is good because this is the redemption act that we needed. I strongly suggest taking the time to read the story of the crucifixion. Maybe even read the four different accounts. Let it sink in and realize that this is the act that Jesus did for you.
I ask you this one question: Who else did Jesus die for? He died for everyone and he desires that none will perish. Again, I bring up those you are praying for salvation. Keep praying. Pray that the cross would no longer be foolishness for them. Above all, pray that you will have an opportunity to share what the cross is about.
Jesus On the Cross
I can see some of you having this look on your face wondering why I bring this as an important day in Holy Week. We need to remember one thing, Jesus was dead. I’ll say it again, Jesus was dead. The disciples on the first Holy Saturday had to deal with the fact that Jesus was dead. I know, I’m getting dark again, but we can’t forget this. The great news in all of this, is Easter is coming. The Resurrection of Jesus did happen. We can look forward with hope because God came through as we reflect on what it must have been for the disciples.
There are those around you that need this hope. I have some questions for you to reflect on as you are praying for those that need the hope of the resurrection. Those that seem to be on “Saturday” and don’t understand the hope of Easter yet.
Who are you praying to be saved?
Are they open to going to church with you on Easter?
If not Easter, could you do something with them on Holy Saturday?
Jesus was dead
A Look Ahead
My next hub will be on Easter! I can’t wait to think about how the Resurrection and God’s mission go together. After the Easter hub, I will finish my series I started in Acts on praying for God’s mission. This summer I was thinking of doing a series on God’s Mission in the Old Testament.
I hope that you will you will pray for me, pray for God's mission, and friends - don’t forget to pray early and often.