Prayer for Easter

Revd Jane Lamont

National Anglican Cursillo Spiritual Advisor

This Good Friday morning, as I weep in awesome wonder at the unimaginable sacrifice of the Lord of the Universe for my sake, I ponder at my response. In Tasmania a snap state election has been called and like autumn mushrooms sprouting overnight many folk proclaim their political affiliations with “Vote J Citizen” signs in their gardens.

 

Many more people proclaim their fashion affiliations as they sport company logo’s on the OUTSIDE

of their clothing, ‘Nike’, ‘Guess’, ‘Cotton On’ etc.

How many of us Christians are bold enough to proclaim our spiritual affiliations? 

 

Many of us wear a discreet cross or lapel badge, but how many of us have the courage to place a

banner outside our home saying “Vote J.Christ”? Or wear a bright T Shirt saying “I’m a dearly loved child of God”

 

My response to the awe I feel on Good Friday becomes my April my prayer for us.
Shall we ask the Lord of the Universe for a spirit of boldness to proclaim to the whole world that Jesus Christ is my Lord? 

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7

 

So please pray with me:

Father,

When I am afraid of criticism or derision, when I am feeling timid,

remind me of who YOU are, and who I am in You.

 

You are strong and courageous, the Almighty King and loving Father.

You have said in Your word that as I wait upon You,

I can “take courage,” because I know You are with me,

You are for me, and You will empower me  with the courage and the strength

I need for whatever is placed before me.

Remind me of who You have created me to be and what You have empowered me to do.

Give me, I pray the courage to proclaim your name to the whole world.

Use Cursillo as my tool to uphold you as Lord and Saviour.

Lord, You are the Courageous One!

And so right now, as I wait upon You, as I face rejection and ridicule

I trust that You will keep your promise.

I trust that I am who You say I am.

I trust that You will give me the strength and courage I need to face this pagan world,

and I trust that your Name will be honoured.

I boldly declare that I will not let fear or intimidation stop me from being obedient.

Help me to endure, Lord. Give me grace. You’re a good Father, and You are faithful. I trust You!

Thank you, Father.

I pray this in Jesus name,

Amen