Wednesday, April 12, 2006

THREE PRAYERS FOR HOLY WEEK

PRAYING OTHERS' PRAYERS. The prayers of other believers and those shared by the ancient church help me in my own praying. Sometimes others' prayers jump-start my own. Sometimes I find insight and wisdom for my path in the heart-cries of others. Sometimes I am just too overwhelmed, disoriented, or anxious to pray my own prayers at the moment of prayer; I, who often lead others in prayer, am led in prayer by these.

MY PRAYER. May these three prayers help you as you pray and walk your way through the Passion of Jesus this week. I am praying that God will open each of us up to grace in fresh ways this week, pointing the way for heart renewal, church revival, and transformation of people, systems, and projected outcomes.

AS IF IT WERE PRESENT THIS DAY. “O God, eternal Might, hasten unto us. You, who by Your power makes things future to be as things past, and also by Your presence, things past to be as things present; grant that Your Passion may be as saving to us as if it were present this day: You who reign forever with the Father and Holy Spirit, now begin to reign over us--Man, God, Christ Jesus, King for ever and ever. Amen.” -- from an ancient Holy Week prayer service

MAKE US PARTAKERS OF JESUS' SUFFERING & RESURRECTION. “Almighty and everlasting God, who, of Your tender love toward humanity has sent Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take upon Him our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross, that all humanity should follow the example of His great humility; mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of His patience and also be made partakers of His resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” -- from The Book of Common Prayer

JOYFUL AMID SUFFERING. “O Lord God, whose blessed Son, our Savior, gave his back to the smiters and hid not His face from shame; grant us grace to take joyfully the sufferings of the present time, in full assurance of the glory that shall be revealed; through Your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” -- from The American Book of Common Prayer

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