Living By Design Prayer Stations
- bowl of water
- Broken & Beloved prayer card
Good Friday is the fruit of a life of reflection. Prayerfully, Jesus has accepted the truth about himself (and his people) and considered the next step God was inviting him to take.
Jesus always identified with his sinful people. Now as their king,
he is going to redeem them from their sin. He will be broken so he can make them his beloved.
Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law and the whole Sanhedrin, made their plans. So they bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate.
“Are you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate.
“You have said so,” Jesus replied.
The chief priests accused him of many things. So again Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.”
But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed. Mark 15:1-5.
We are all both broken and beloved.
Broken. Touch the water in the bowl and notice how the ripples distort any reflection. Sin distorts our lives in the same way. Consider areas of your life where there is distortion and brokenness.
Beloved. Look at yourself in the mirror. Your good Father has a clear view of who you are. God sees your distortions and brokenness, but God also sees you as beautiful and beloved.
Reflect. Read the questions on the prayer card. Choose one or two on each side and reflect on them in God's presence. You might pray:
"God guide my thoughts as I reflect on who I truly am -- a both broken and beloved child."
Notice. Where does the Spirit lead your thoughts?
Is there a truth you should affirm? An action you should take? (Decide you will respond to any stirring in you with obedience.)