A Good Friday Prayer…

I read this prayer in my devotional time this morning. I find it very fitting for Good Friday.

“Father, what can we say? We feel utterly unworthy in

the face of Christ’s unspeakable sufferings. We are

sorry. It was our sin that brought this to pass. It was

we who struck him and spit on him and mocked him.

O Father, we are so sorry. We bow ourselves to the dirt

and shut the mouths of our small, dark, petty, sinful

souls. O Father, touch us with fresh faith that we might

believe the incredible. The very pain of Christ that

makes us despair is our salvation. Open our fearful

hearts to receive the Gospel. Waken dead parts of our

hearts that cannot feel what must be felt—that we are

loved with the deepest, strongest, purest love in the

universe. Oh, grant us to have the power to comprehend

with all the saints the height and depth and length

and breadth of the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,

and may we be filled with all the fullness of God.

Fight for us, O God, that we not drift numb and blind

and foolish into vain and empty excitements. Life is

too short, too precious, too painful to waste on

worldly bubbles that burst. Heaven is too great, hell is

too horrible, eternity is too long that we should putter

around on the porch of eternity. O God, open our eyes

to the vastness of the sufferings of Christ and what they

mean for sin and holiness and hope and heaven. We

fear our bent to trifling. Make us awake to the weight

of glory—the glory of Christ’s incomparable sufferings.

In his great and wonderful name, amen.”

I hope that you find time to reflect on Christ’s suffering and resurrection this weekend. I would also like to invite you to the Church at Lake Guntersville Downtown Campus Friday at 7pm for a service reflecting on the sacrifice of Christ.

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