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Day 34 of the 40 Days of Prayer, 1 Day of Celebrations

Friday, March 23, Day 34 of the 40 Days of Prayer, 1 Day of Celebration: The 2018 prayer focus in preparation of our worship of Christ for His death for our sins and the celebration for His resurrection that gives us eternal life.

Verses of the Day:
John 19:12-16 As a result of this Pilate made efforts to release Him, but the Jews cried out saying, “If you release this Man, you are no friend of Caesar; everyone who makes himself out to be a king opposes Caesar.” Therefore when Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out, and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called The Pavement, but in Hebrew, Gabbatha. Now it was the day of preparation for the Passover; it was about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, “Behold, your King!” So they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him, crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” So he then handed Him over to them to be crucified.

Prayer for the Day:
Lord Jesus, today we worship You for who You are and what You have done.  You stood before the judgment seat of Pilate but ultimately before the judgment seat of Your Heavenly Father.  You were judged in our place.  You took our condemnation on Yourself.

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Day 33 of the 40 Days of Prayer, 1 Day of Celebrations

Thursday, March 22, Day 33 of the 40 Days of Prayer, 1 Day of Celebration: The 2018 prayer focus in preparation of our worship of Christ for His death for our sins and the celebration for His resurrection that gives us eternal life.

Verses for the Day:
Luke 23:13-21 Pilate summoned the chief priests and the rulers and the people, and said to them, “You brought this man to me as one who incites the people to rebellion, and behold, having examined Him before you, I have found no guilt in this man regarding the charges which you make against Him. No, nor has Herod, for he sent Him back to us; and behold, nothing deserving death has been done by Him. Therefore I will punish Him and release Him.” But they cried out all together, saying, “Away with this man, and release for us Barabbas!” (He was one who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection made in the city, and for murder.) Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again, but they kept on calling out, saying, “Crucify, crucify Him!”

Prayer for the Day:
Lord Jesus, You died in the place of the murder, Barabbas.  You also died in my place, the Just for the unjust; the Righteous One in the place of sinners.  We praise You for Your gracious sacrifice on our behalf.

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Day 32 of the 40 Days of Prayer, 1 Day of Celebrations

Wednesday, March 21, Day 32 of the 40 Days of Prayer, 1 Day of Celebration: The 2018 prayer focus in preparation of our worship of Christ for His death for our sins and the celebration for His resurrection that gives us eternal life.

Verses for the Day:
John 19:7-11 The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and by that law He ought to die because He made Himself out to be the Son of God.” Therefore when Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid; and he entered into the Praetorium again and said to Jesus, “Where are You from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. So Pilate said to Him, “You do not speak to me? Do You not know that I have authority to release You, and I have authority to crucify You?” Jesus answered, “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above; for this reason he who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.” 

Prayer for the Day:
Jesus Christ, all power, honor and authority belong to You.  You had authority over Your own life in this moment when the religious and political leaders of Your day felt empowered over You.  You ascended back to Your place of glory, where You reign over the universe.  Reign over me.  May I give to You Your rightful place of authority over my life both now and forever.

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