Good Friday of the 40 Days of Prayer, 1 Day of Celebrations
Good Friday, March 30 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:
Luke 23:50-56 And a man named Joseph, who was a member of the Council, a good and righteous man (he had not consented to their plan and action), a man from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who was waiting for the kingdom of God; this man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. And he took it down and wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid Him in a tomb cut into the rock, where no one had ever lain. It was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin. Now the women who had come with Him out of Galilee followed, and saw the tomb and how His body was laid. Then they returned and prepared spices and perfumes. And on the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.
Prayer for the Day:
Lord Jesus, they laid Your body in the tomb. The hopelessness and despair of that moment, that would be my hopelessness and despair were it not for Your resurrection from the dead. On Friday, death had won and the grave was victorious, but only for a moment in time. As we remember Your sacrifice today and as we set aside time tonight to worship You for Your work of redemption, may the weight of our own hopelessness and despair, apart from You, flood our souls. May the joy of Your victorious death and resurrection wash over us as well. Your victory over sin, death and the grave is now my victory too. I was lost but You found me. I was condemned but You justified me. I was dead but You raised me.