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Passion Week Prayer

Introduction to Passion Week Prayer

 

The Passion of Christ is an expression of the sufferings of Jesus the Messiah as He set His mind toward the cross and willingly died there vicariously for the sins of all mankind. Passion Week Prayer is a devotional and prayer guide to direct our focus to Jesus during the eight days of the Passion Week from Palm Sunday to the Resurrection Sunday known as Easter.  Each daily devotional and prayer suggestion corresponds with the same day of the week from that precious week in the life of Jesus as presented in the Gospels. After each daily prayer suggestion, all of the events and lessons from that day are listed from the Gospels for further reading or study. May the Lord bless you and take you deeper into fellowship and worship as you study and pray from these powerful passages of scripture personally, or with family or friends.

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:2-3)
Your attitude should the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:5-11)

Sunday - The Heart Of The King

The Heart Of The King

 

“When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’…As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes.”(Luke 19:37-38, 41-42)

 

The Prince of Peace, Jesus, approached the city of peace, Jerusalem. Isaiah and Zechariah spoke of this moment when Jesus would descend the Mount of Olives toward Zion as a King riding in meekness on a colt. As garments and branches were laid on the path before Him, he did not reject the praise that He was worthy to receive. The multitude rejoiced and loudly praised God for the miracles, including the raising of Lazarus, that they had witnessed in the presence of Jesus. What a glorious scene!

Jesus knew that their praise of Him as the Messiah would be short lived, since their understanding of the scriptures they quoted was shallow. Seeing through the pageantry of that hour, His heart was stirred to tears by the reality that while recognizing Jesus momentarily as King and Messiah, the people missed embracing Him as God in human form who would bring eternal salvation through peace or reconciliation with the God of heaven (Luke 2:14, 19:38, Romans 5:1) The city itself would be destroyed in just 30 years because, as Jesus said, “…you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” (Luke 20:44b) Jesus showed the heart of a true King as He wept over Jerusalem. He entered the city, and He healed the sick and the oppressed. That heart would be most fully expressed when moved to ultimate action; He gave His life that week to redeem all those who would believe in Him as Savior and Lord.

 

Prayer – Rejoice! Praise and worship Jesus as the King of all creation who died as our redeemer. Ask the Holy Spirit to form in you the heart of King Jesus who wept for the souls of the unsaved and took action to bring them to eternal life by the cross. Pray that you will boldly and lovingly lead others to know Jesus and His salvation.

 

Events and Lessons of Sunday (Palm Sunday)

Mark 11:1-11; Mt 21:1-11, 14-17; Luke 19:29-44; John 12:12-19

Monday - Fruitful Worship

Fruitful Worship

 

“Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he (Jesus) went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, ‘May no one ever eat fruit from you again.’ And his disciples heard him say it…Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there… And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘a den of robbers.'” (Mark 11:13-15, 17)

 

Jesus’ return to Jerusalem on Monday drew few accolades.  Yesterday’s, humble king paused with a grumbling stomach to gather figs for His breakfast from a leafy fig tree. It was a few months from fruit bearing season, but the leaves gave promise of fruit. Fig trees in this region bore fruit before leaves and sometimes retained old fruit after leaves fell. Jesus commanded that no one would ever eat from this tree again. It appeared that the Master had a fleshly, anger outburst, when in fact, the curtain of his humanity was pulled back momentarily, and His divine authority was revealed. The fig tree had the appearance of fruitfulness but was actually fruitless and practically worthless. The tree was a symbol of Israel, which had the appearance of fruitfulness in the beautiful, bustling temple, but Jesus corrected the fruitless worship that was prevalent there. Jewish people and some gentile believers living around the known world had travelled to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration and changed currency to purchase animals for sacrifice. The very portion of the temple intended for prayer and worship for foreigners was being used to cheat and deceive them in price gouging and inflated exchange rates. From Isaiah 56, Jesus taught that the temple was “…a house of prayer for all nations.” Even those perceived as unacceptable to ceremonial worship had a place of acceptance there as God was looking for “a right heart” in worship expressed in prayer rather than ritual sacrifice. (Also Psalm 51:17)

 

Prayer – Enter the Lord’s presence with fruitful, prayerful worship offered as a sweet aroma to Him. Pray for the nations to know true worship in Christ. Repent of fruitless religion. Saturate or infuse personal and corporate worship with prayer.

 

Events and Lessons of Monday

Mark 11:12-18; Mt. 21:18, 19, 12, 13; Luke 19:45-48; John 12:20-50

Tuesday - Powerful Prayer

Powerful Prayer

 

“‘Have faith in God,’ Jesus answered. I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.’ ” (Mark 11:22-25)

 

On Monday, Jesus cursed the fig tree because it was fruitless, yet with the appearance of being fruitful. On Tuesday, the disciples passed by the tree again with Jesus and discovered it was “withered from the roots.” (Vs. 20-21) It was dead. The symbol of Israel was now complete. Israel and its temple, although having the appearance of fruitfulness, would be revealed as fruitless and dead when destroyed about three decades later. For the moment; however, the disciples were amazed that the tree miraculously responded to the words and authority of Jesus. Jesus encouraged them regarding the power of prayer. He gave them two crucial actions for such prayer – faith and forgiveness. He said “Have faith in God.” Believing in God without doubting would include praying according to His character and His agenda. In that vein, mountains could be moved and cast into the sea and every request could be received. Unforgiveness hinders such prayers because it is inconsistent with the character of Christ in the believer, so forgiveness also lays the foundation for productive prayer.

 

Prayer – As you pray, choose to embrace the person and power and perspective of God in the Bible and pray with confidence. Ask Him to increase your faith. Release into the justice and wisdom of God those who have offended you and forgive them in prayer.

 

Events and Lessons of Tuesday

Mark 11:19-12:44; Matt. 21:19-23:1-39; Luke 21:37-38, 20:1-47; 21:1-4

Mark 13:1-37; Matt. 24 and 25; Luke 21:5-36

Mark 14:1-2; Mt. 26:1-5; Luke 22:1-2

Wednesday - Fragrant Offering

“Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected…because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.” (John 12:3-4, 6b)

 

Mary understood the heart of the cross. The Lord Jesus humbled himself not only to become a man, but a servant whose obedience to the Father was expressed by emptying himself to the point of death for the lives of those who would believe. Worship is always about giving and we are exhorted by the apostle Paul to “offer your bodies as living sacrifices.” (Rom. 12:1) On Tuesday evening, the beginning of the Jewish Wednesday, Mary not only poured out very costly perfume to anoint the head and feet of Jesus, but she poured out her very dignity exuding love and worship for Jesus. On her hands and knees, she took the lowest of positions as she washed His feet with her hair. The aroma could bring to mind the essence of worshipful prayer at the altar of incense in the temple. Judas, by contrast, protested her offering. The unbelieving disciple grasped for self-prosperity even as he left to betray Jesus. He had not internalized Jesus’ words, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?”  (Mark 8:36) Mary understood that she must give up her life in order to gain all that Jesus offered through His. (Mark 8:35)

 

Prayer – What will you release at the feet of Jesus when you worship Him? The vilest odor will become the sweetest fragrance in His presence. Pray in worship and offer yourself freshly to God.

 

Events and Lessons of Wednesday

Mark 14:3-11;Matt. 26:6-16; John 12:2-8; Luke 22:3-6

Thursday - The Suffering Servant

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep exhausted from sorrow…pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” (Luke 22:42-45, 46b)

 

Jesus came to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45) On Thursday, Jesus served like a slave as He washed the feet of his disciples and taught them to “Love one another. “ He served the Passover meal revealing the symbolic elements of the new covenant of grace that brought forgiveness of sins through his death on the cross. In the garden of Gethsemane He prayed through agony in the battle of the cross by yielding in prayer to the Father’s plan for redemption. So intense already was the anguish of the cross that his sweat was like drops of blood and he was strengthened in his flesh by an angel sent from heaven. The disciples slept being exhausted from activity and the sorrow of His impending death, but Jesus, “being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly.” Jesus served in prayer, and was stirred unto greater pray as the battle increased. The serving heart that washed feet, that served the Passover and that prayed in agony is the same heart that served on the cross. The battle of the cross was fought through prayer in the garden.

 

Prayer – Ask the Lord to teach you to serve through prayers of intercession. We serve the Lord when we pray for others. Pray that the Holy Spirit will strengthen you, even by angels, to pray more earnestly through temptation, anguish and exhaustion.

 

Events and Lessons of Thursday (Passover)

Mark14:12- 25; Matt. 26:17-29; Luke22:7-38; John 13:1-17:26

Mark 14:26, 32-42, Matt. 26:30, 36-46; Luke 22:39-46; John 18:1

Friday - Priestly Prayers

“Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing’… And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.’ (Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ – John 19:30a) When he had said this, he breathed his last.” (Luke 23: 34a, 45b-46)

 

Jesus prayed on the cross. The high priest represented God to the people and the people to God in prayer. In a one-statement prayer, Jesus verbalized the priestly work of the cross. He secured the forgiveness of sins for sinners. He then declared that his work was finished. There is no saving work that can replace or supplement the forgiveness of sins by the death of Jesus. The curtain limiting access to the Holy of Holies was torn in two. The sacrifices and ceremonies of the temple were shadows or symbols now fulfilled in Christ. Jesus, the Messiah, the God-Man, is the priest that escorts us spiritually and eternally into the relationship, life and presence of the LORD God. “…he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made…he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.” (Hebrews 9:11b, 12b) Jesus’ final prayer on the cross was to entrust himself into the Father’s care having completed the work of the cross and in anticipation of the resurrection.

 

Prayer – Cry out to God giving thanks for the forgiveness of sins! Thank the Lord Jesus for his death on the cross. Approach His throne of grace with confidence in prayer. (Heb. 4:12a) Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you through the Word of God. Delight in the sweet fellowship of the Savior!

 

Events and Lessons of Friday (Good Friday)

Mark 14:43-15:41; Matt. 26:47-27:56; Luke 22:47-23:49; John 18:1-19:30

Saturday - The Grave's Message

“At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.” (John 19:41-42)

 

On the seventh day of creation, the LORD rested from His creative work and set aside the Sabbath as a day of worship and rest for His people. Jesus, the creator in the form of a man, was placed in the grave just before the Sabbath began on Friday night, and his body rested from the work of redemption laying lifeless in the tomb on Saturday. The tomb was guarded but there was no other activity around the tomb in observance of the Sabbath. The stillness of the guarded grave was necessary. It was evidence that Jesus died. The justice of God required death as a result of sin. “For the wages of sin is death….” (Romans 6:23a) Salvation depended on the substitutionary death of Jesus for those who would believe. He died for us. To come to Jesus, we identify with His death as payment for our sins. His death satisfies God’s justice and guarantees our forgiveness. Our old self is nailed to the cross in Jesus. “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin – because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.” (Romans 6:6-7) Saturday was a time to anticipate and believe in the promises of God. Jesus died as He promised. Would He also come out of the grave on Sunday? Were His promises true and understood correctly? Would believers know eternal life? “If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.” (Romans 6:5)

 

Prayer – Pray that you will live as if Jesus died for your sins. Pray that you will live according to your freedom from sin’s control (you are dead to sin) as you daily offer your life to Christ and live as servants of righteousness. Pray that you will live believing that his promises will all be fulfilled. Search out the scriptures to love Jesus and obey Him.

 

Events and Lessons of Saturday

Mark 15:42-47; Matt. 27:57-66; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:31-42

Sunday - The Risen Savior

“…an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, and going to the tomb rolled back the the stone and sat on it…[he] said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.’” (Matthew 28:2b, 5b-6a)

 

The angel said about Jesus, “he has risen, just as he said.” He overcame death, and every promise was guaranteed. He is the way, the truth and the life. We are joint heirs with Christ. He stepped out of the grave, and so did we. He stepped into life, and so did we. His Word demonstrates how we are established in Christ by the resurrection. He is worthy of all praise.

 

“But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:20-22)

 

“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation….” (Colossians 1:13-22)

 

Prayer – Praise God as Creator and Redeemer. Pray these scriptures. Love Him. Obey Him. Serve Him. Fellowship with Him. Worship Him.

 

Events and Lessons of Sunday (Resurrection Day)

Mark 16:1-14; Matt. 28:1-15; Luke 24:1-43; John 20:1-25