A pleasant good Friday prayer
Good Friday is one of the most significant moments of the Christian faith. It is the moment when grief merges with the indescribable joy we have to know that Jesus tragically died on the cross to conquer death for us once and for all. Good Friday is a dark moment in which we can give thanks for the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross.
It is a chance to open our hearts to the passion that the cross conveys. The obedience, suffering and death of Jesus speak so powerfully the unimaginable love God has for us, His fallen creation. Romans 5: 8 says, "But God shows his own love for us in this: When we were still sinners, Christ died for us." God gave up so much for us, beings who are in sin and not the grace of God are worthy. This is the reality that we can ponder in our hearts on Good Friday! We pause for the greatness of God's grace to capture the imagination of our hearts.
What is good friday
Good Friday celebrates what followers of Christ know as the most important event in history! Good Friday is the day we remember that Jesus Christ gave himself up to suffer and died as a sacrifice for our sins (1 John 1: 1). Good Friday is followed by Easter Sunday, the day we celebrate Jesus' resurrection from the dead.
You may wonder why it is called "Good Friday" rather than "Tragic Friday" or something that reflects the sadness that accompanied the death of Jesus on the cross. The origin of the term “Good Friday” is discussed. One idea is that the name comes from "God's Friday" and eventually evolved into "Good Friday". Another theory that seems more believable is called “Good Friday” because the terms “good” from the past can also be “holy”. Good Friday grew out of the idea that this was Good Friday, the day that God suffered and died from our sins.
A nice good Friday prayer
I thank you for not leaving me. You knitted me together in the womb, you know my thoughts well and you still love me. Since the creation of the world, you have put in motion a plan of salvation so that I do not have to be away forever. You have stepped back from heaven lest the curse of sin and death come true. Through your great sacrifice you have created a way for fallen humanity to have hope and a future.
Thank you God for sending your Son's gift to earth to bear the weight of my sin and shame. Thank you for delivering me from my sin and for inviting me to be part of your heavenly family. I am humble of your amazing grace, of the blood you have shed, and of your love that is so much greater than I can fully understand.
Give me the strength to live with obedience, just as you were obedient to your Father until death. Help me live with the humility you showed when you lived on this earth and died the death of a criminal, even as the Son of God. Lord empower me to show your love to those around me, just as you so graciously showed your love for us through your incarnation, death, and resurrection. May those who have not yet accepted your message of hope and salvation have a personal relationship with you.
Scriptures that remind us what Good Friday is all about
Psalm 22: 1: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me from the words of my moan? "
Psalm 22: 14-18: “I am poured out like water, and all my bones are no longer together; My heart is like wax. it melted in my chest; My strength has dried up like a clay joke and my tongue is clinging to my jaws. You put me in the dust of death. Because dogs embrace me; a company of evildoers surrounds me; they have pierced my hands and feet – I can count all my bones – they stare and delight in me, they divide my clothes among themselves, and they throw lots for my clothes. "
Isaiah 53: 3-6: “He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrow and familiar with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces, he was despised, and we did not value him. Verily, he has borne our sorrow and our sorrows. yet we valued him beaten, beaten and plagued by God. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was cast down for our misdeeds; On him was the punishment that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. Everything we sheep like has gone astray; we – each – have turned to our own path;
and the Lord has inflicted on him the iniquity of all of us. "
Mark 9:31: “For he taught his disciples and said to them, The Son of Man will be given into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And if he is killed, he will get up after three days. "
John 3: 16-17: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world, but to save the world through him. "
Ways To Think At Home On Good Friday
Here are some ideas on how to keep your mind focused on Jesus and His great loving sacrifice for us this year.
Get up early for prayer and meditation
It is a nice opportunity to spend extra time in prayer and reflection. Wake up a little earlier to allow yourself an undisturbed time of meditation in which you can pause in memory of the great sacrifice of Jesus. Read the listed passages and let the words sink into your heart. Allow God's amazing grace to overcome your senses in a way that this year is less about the Easter tradition and more about the chance to come again to worship our King.
Choose a fast for the day
Fasting, the practice of denying your flesh in order to connect with the Spirit, is something the Bible encourages believers to observe. Isaiah 58: 6 says, "Isn't that the fast I choose: to loosen the bonds of wickedness, loosen the thongs of the yoke, set free the oppressed, and break every yoke?" Much of the church observes a fast on Good Friday and it is a great way to break out of your routine to become more aware of the spiritual significance of the day. You can fast anything: a meal, media, or a habit. Some opt for quick bread or whatever you want to take out of your day so that you can be more present with Jesus.
Practice silence for part of the day
Practicing the silence from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., as these are the hours Christ suffered on the cross, is one way to focus your mind on the meaning of Good Friday. The silence calms us; it gives us the opportunity to break off from our tasks and deepen our thoughts from the constant rush around us. If you take this time to ponder Jesus and what He gave, so that you may have a relationship with Him, it is a wonderful way to grasp the meaning of Good Friday.
Choose a scripture passage to memorize
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” This is one of the most famous writings from the Bible, but it's a good place to start if you haven't memorized it already. If you have children this would be a beautiful verse to memorize together at the dinner table and talk about the meaning of Good Friday together. Choose a passage that resonates with the truth of the cross in your heart and remember it on this Good Friday.
Let us take the time to pray, reflect, remember, and thank God for his Son's gift this Good Friday. Instead of letting the day go by like any other, let the truth of the gospel inspire passion, sadness, joy, and peace this year. Our faith is like no other in our world and what sets it apart is that God has stepped back and done something for us that we could never achieve on our own. God's grace is really amazing!
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Amanda Idleman is a writer who is passionate about encouraging others to live joyfully. She writes devotions for My Daily Bible Verse Devotional and Podcast, Crosswalk Couples Devotional, the Daily Devotional app. She has published work with Her View from Home on the MOPS blog and is a regular contributor to Crosswalk.com. You can find out more about Amanda on her Facebook page or follow her on Instagram.
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