Living By Design Prayer Stations
- The Ways of God prayer card
Good Friday shows Jesus' radical commitment to the way of God. Today, Jesus will become "obedient to death — even death on a cross!" He trusts that this way of the cross is the way to resurrection life and to a renewed creation.
They came to a place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. And sitting down, they kept watch over him there. Above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, KING OF THE JEWS.
Two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!” In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.
The way we do things matters as much as (if not more than) the end result. Our commitment to God's ways is as important as our commitment to God's ends.
Imagine. Consider a very real need you have right now. Pick up the rock and imagine that it is a picture of your need. Feel the weight of the rock. Is the need small or large? Is it light or a real burden?
Commit. Now commit to letting God meet this need in God's time... in God's way. You may be asked to meet the need yourself. You may trust that God brings another solution. Remind yourself that you do not need to be anxious or worry. God will let you know when the time and the way are right.
Pray: Ask God to meet this need but also express your commitment to obedience. You might pray:
"God you see this need. Help me to remember that my need for you is greater. Give me the strength, patience and will to obey and follow your leading.
Keep it with you. Consider carrying this rock with you during Lent as a reminder of the needs you have. When you feel anxious or are struggling with an unmet need, repeat this practice of imagining, committing and praying.