Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Psalm 22, Hebrews 10:16-25, and John 18:1-19:42
It has been a long journey. Forty days of looking at ourselves, finding things that don’t please God, and working out how to fix them. And then today our Savior is betrayed, denied, beaten, mocked, and crucified – just like in today’s passage.
Thankfully, God is willing to forgive us for missing the mark. He knows when we are truly trying to be disciples, and when we only say we are. Ask God to help you with your walk. Thank him for his patience. You may find the following prayer helpful:
Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.