Prayer for April 2019
Easter is late this year, with the first three weeks of April being our final three weeks’ journey through Lent, ending in the Holy Week journey of the joyous Palm Sunday, the Last Supper of Maundy Thursday, the agony of Good Friday and the despair of Easter Saturday. Then comes the one day which makes the Christian faith stand alone from all others; the day we celebrate when our Father raised His Son from the dead – for you and me.
Some of us may have been following a Lenten discipline, whether it be giving up something, endeavouring to make a small difference in our daily lifestyle, or rising to the challenge set by Derek on 10 March to just speak more about our Christian faith and the Good News it brings. Each of us has a different pathway to follow in our Christian journey, just as Christ followed the path set before him which led to the cross, but ultimately the empty tomb. So, as we conclude our Lenten journey and arrive at the Easter cross, I offer you this prayer;
Father God, you call each one of us to a journey of faith. We praise you for the strength and sustenance you provide for that journey and we thank you for the example of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who suffered for us that we might have hope of eternal life.
As we draw near to remembering again the crowds shouting hosannas at your entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, may we too always be ready to offer our prayers of adoration for your wonderful creation.
As we join you at the Last Supper, sharing in the breaking of bread and wine, and the washing of your disciples’ feet, may we too never forget the needs of our neighbour in our actions and our prayers.
As we try to shy away from seeing you hanging on the cross, listening to the words of confession from the thief hanging alongside you, may we never forget that you made such a sacrifice that our sins too may be forgiven.
And as we gaze with wonder at the empty tomb may we offer ourselves anew in your service. Amen