We will begin Easter this year with 24 hours of prayer. Beginning at 9am on Maundy Thursday, 1st April to 9am Easter Friday, 2nd April.
There will be hourly time slots which you can register for and as we are praying in our own homes it doesn’t matter if there is more than one person for each slot.
We hope you will join us.
Hourly slots will begin from 10am on Thurs through to 8am on Friday.
To book your 1 hours slot contact Pauline Tregilgas, via email:email@example.com or message her on the Church Whatsapp.
The theme our prayers is Preparation for Easter and Revival of our Church.
Dear All. (29/03/21)
First, thank you for agreeing to take part in our 24 hour prayer this week starting Thursday at 9am. I haven’t organised a day of prayer before so please bear with and forgive any mistakes. Below please find a guide for the hour of prayer if you need it based on the timeline of Jesus and his disciples leading up to the crucifixion. This is not a directive but an option for anyone who finds it helpful. God bless you as you join together in this venture.
These ideas are a guide to pray by following Jesus’ timeline from Maundy Thursday to the morning of Good Friday. This will hopefully provide some ideas and a framework if needed for your hour of prayer.
Walking in Jesus’ footsteps
The servant King:
12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 John 13 vs 12-16
Jesus gave us an example of leadership and servanthood and we pray that those who have been chosen to lead might practise this lesson of serving others
- Pray for our leaders
- Church leadership (bishops, archdeacons etc}
- Pray for our own church leadership team
The Last Supper:
Jesus reveals his sacrifice
19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.[a] Luke 22 vs 19-20
Let us pray for those who sacrifice their lives and stand in the front line willingly
- Medical staff ( doctors and nurses}
- Care workers
- Store staff
Prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives:
41-44 He pulled away from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, “Father, remove this cup from me. But please, not what I want. What do you want?” At once an angel from heaven was at his side, strengthening him. He prayed on all the harder. Sweat, wrung from him like drops of blood, poured off his face. Luke 22 vs 41-44
Gethsemane means literally the oil press. The crushing of the olives is a symbol of the crushing burden Jesus was carrying. He is not indifferent to our pain as we can see from the verses above he suffered mentally, emotionally and physically.
Let us pray for those who are undergoing a difficult time:
- Those who we know are grieving
- Those like the NHS doctors and nurses who have been under immense pressure
- Friends or family dealing with pressure of lost jobs, social isolation and illnesses.
“Cast all your anxiety on Him, because he cares for you!” 1 Peter 5 vs 7
The Arrest and Betrayal of Judas and later Peter
Judas, the one from the Twelve, was in the lead. He came right up to Jesus to kiss him. Jesus said, “Judas, you would betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” Luke 22 vs 47-48
73 Shortly after that, some bystanders approached Peter. “You’ve got to be one of them. Your accent gives you away.”
74-75 Then he got really nervous and swore. “I don’t know the man!”
Just then a rooster crowed. Peter remembered what Jesus had said: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” He went out and cried and cried and cried. Matthew 26 vs 73-75
Two of the most well-known of these twelve, most believers would say, are very different: Judas and Simon Peter. One betrayed Jesus, the other would go on to be one of the most passionate apostles. Yet a study of the Gospels reveals an interesting pattern. Judas had a position of trust. Peter was the one who kept losing his temper. Judas failed to understand who Jesus really was, even to the end.
Two men, two betrayals, two different outcomes with one lesson – Jesus is Lord, and stands ready to forgive, if anyone comes to Him in faith and repentance.
Let us pray for forgiveness for those actions which have betrayed our faith in our Lord
- Judgemental attitudes
- Lack of generosity
- An unforgiving spirit
- Confession and forgiveness: “ forgive us our sins, as we also forgive those who sin against us Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” – Matthew 6:12-13 Think back through the past 24 hours; the things you’ve done, people you’ve met. Ask the Holy Spirit to highlight things you’ve done wrong, or times where you should have acted and did not. Write everything that’s come up on a piece of paper and as you say sorry, tear the paper into a bin. Thank God for forgiving you. Is there someone you need to forgive today? Ask God to show you who.
Jesus before Pilate
22 “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked.
They all answered, “Crucify him!”
24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere and that a riot was imminent, he took a basin of water and washed his hands in full sight of the crowd, saying, “I’m washing my hands of responsibility for this man’s death. From now on, it’s in your hands. You’re judge and jury.” Matthew 27 vs 22 & 24
Both Pilate and his wife were convinced of the absolute innocence of the Lord Jesus. Christ had committed no crime deserving of capital punishment. Even so, Pilate sentenced him to death.
Let us pray for the injustices of this world unlike Pilate who cowardly refused to dispense justice
- The rights of asylum seekers
- The unjust reduction in the UK’s aid budget from 0.7% to 0.5% of national income.
- The war against poverty, particularly child poverty.
Thank you for taking part in this day of prayer in remembering the unparalleled sacrifice of our Lord Jesus. God bless you richly as you seek his face in prayer.