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Week 07 – Holy Week
From 29th March
This week we’ve packed a few more readings in, as we reflect on the events leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection on the first Easter weekend.
- Mark 11:1-11
- Luke 22:7-23
- John 13:1-17
- Matthew 26:36-56
- John 18:15-40
- Matthew 27:27-56
- John 20
Alternatively, read 1-2 chapters per day from John 12-20
The Jesus Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ Son of God,
have mercy on me, a sinner
(Try praying this prayer like this: as you breathe in, say or pray ‘Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God’ then as you exhale say ‘have mercy on me, a sinner’ – and feel free to omit the clause ‘a sinner’ once you’ve confessed it once already!)
Matthew 28 Easter Prayer
“Do not be afraid,” – God, I hand over to You those things that make me so afraid. Resurrect the parts of my faith crushed by fear.
“I know that you are looking for Jesus,” – God, when my soul is searching, help me know the answer to every longing can be found in You.
“He has risen,” – God, the fact that Jesus is risen should lift my head, my heart and my attitude. Help me to live today as if I really believe this with every part of my life.
“just as he said,” – Jesus, You keep Your promises. Help me live as though I believe that with every part of me. Help me trust You more, obey You more and resemble You more.
“Come and see,” – Jesus, You had the angels invite the women in to see for themselves that You had risen. You invite me into these personal revelations every day. Forgive me for sometimes rushing about and forgetting to come and see for myself … You, Your Word, Your insights.
“Then go quickly and tell his disciples,” – Jesus, I don’t want to be a secret keeper with my faith. I want to be a bold and gracious truth proclaimer. For You. With You. Because of You. Me, the one You loved, redeemed and wanted.
Share communion with your household or via video call with friends.
Take a sunrise prayer walk on Easter Sunday (you’ll need to be out of the house before 6.25am!) and give thanks that Jesus defeated death and darkness when he died and rose again! Then go home and eat some Easter eggs – you’ve earned them!