Good Friday Prayer Of Thanks

Good Friday Prayer Of Thanks

Greetings on this Good Friday morning. As we celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, let us give thanks for the grace that has been bestowed upon us. Even as we were sinners, His love was shown to us and the ultimate sacrifice made. So as you mourn the death of Christ on the cross, I leave you with the following prayers to bless your day.

Thank You, Lord Jesus Christ! – A Good Friday Prayer

Luke 23:34 “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

Matthew 27:46 Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

A Good Friday Prayer

Heavenly Father, How Great Thou art and how gracious Your great redemption plan for mankind. We thank You greatly as we walk through this day and commemorate the great love and sacrifice of Your beloved Son Jesus.

We thank You, gracious God, for Your great redemption plan, through which we are called Your offspring and by which we understand there’s a forgiveness incomprehensible, a love inexhaustible and a life unimaginable, in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Lord Jesus, how can we thank You for the great love You have for us. How can we ever repay You for the price You paid on the cross.

How can we, Lord, ever forget the great sacrifice of You, laying down Your life that we may live and have life to the fullest. And how great is Your saving Grace that made us one with the Father, in reconciliation and in life eternal.

Carrying our sins

Through the crowns of thorns and scourging, and through the cross, You carried our sins. We pray to remember to carry our cross and heed Your call to follow You. And, through sorrow, pain and torment of the world, only remember Your journey of laying down Your life for us.

May we rejoice to know that through our suffering, we have Your compassion and love. And, in Your perfect timing, You will set us free from all danger, evil and illness. We pray and meditate on the seven last words of Yours before You gave Your life for the world.

Luke 23:34 “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

Coming to Jesus in repentance

Lord Jesus, we come to You in repentance and reconciliation and forgiveness. Through the power of the cross You have redeemed us. So, we seek Your pardon for the times we have failed You in sin, living a life of self contentment and very much of the world.

Help us, in our journey of faith, to follow Your simple, humble, loving and caring way of life and receive Your grace in this world and in the world to come.

Luke 23:43 “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

Lord, we pray that by our faith and by our ways, and in our great love for You, that we may find favor and forever in You abide.

Through Your Holy Spirit, lead us we ask, that we may do all things pleasing in Your sight. Help us Lord, to always stay in Your presence and light.

John 19:26-27 He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!”

Lord, we see Your great care, love and compassion revealed in Your words to Your mother at the cross. May we, in our lives, be filled in this same care, compassion and love, as we are called to love and serve our fellow people.

Help us to not see separation. Help us Lord to not define others by color and status. Instead may we love all, in selflessness and goodness and avoid all evil.

Why Have You Forsaken Me?

O gracious Lord and Savior, at times we cry out for help and at times we feel forsaken. Help us to remember the way You were forsaken by mankind.

May we not dwell on our sufferings but leave them at Your feet, trusting that You know what’s best for us. May daily fervent prayer be our armour in conquering our times of fear and trouble.

Matthew 27:46 Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

We pray, Lord, to thirst for goodness and righteousness, and we thirst for Your living waters that may never run dry in us. May we thirst to be filled, through Your Holy Spirit, with wisdom, discernment and prudence, in a world of folly. We pray that we always quench our thirst in Your blessed name and Your great love.

John 19:28 “I thirst.”

It is Finished

O Lord, Jesus Christ, who finished the work that you were sent to do, enable us, through your Holy Spirit, to be faithful to our call.

Grant us strength to bear our crosses and endure our sufferings, even unto death. Enable us to live and love so faithfully that we also become good news to the world, as Your witnesses.

John 19:30 “It is finished.”

Father, into whose hands your beloved Son Jesus Christ commended His spirit. Grant that we, too, may follow His example in all of our lives.

And, at the moment of our death, entrust our lives into Your faithful hands of love, that we may be brought in Grace into eternal life.

We thank You for this great mystery of the cross. We pray, in the blessed name of Jesus, who gave His life and love. Amen!

Luke 23:46 “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”

Good Friday Prayer of Thanks for God’s Goodness and Love

One of the most somber and beautiful days of remembrance in the Christian calendar happens two days before Easter Sunday. On the Friday of Passover, Jesus was unlawfully tried and sentenced to die upon a cross. Because of his sacrifice, he paid the penalty for our sins and granted us the opportunity to be purified of our iniquity. On that Easter Sunday, he arose, conquering death and allowing us to come into an eternal relationship and life with him.

Many churches will often hold a service for Good Friday, to remember the agonizing pain and suffering Jesus underwent for us. Before or after the service, we may wonder how to best commemorate the life and death of Jesus on that Good Friday. For that, we suggest gathering with friends and family and participating in a Good Friday prayer.

Even if you don’t have the “right words” to say, it does not matter. The Holy Spirit intercedes for us and translates our groanings (Romans 8:26). But we’d love to provide a template in case you find yourself at a loss of words on this sobering occasion.

What Is a Good Scripture for Good Friday?

We recommend turning to all the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ trial and death during Good Friday. You can find such accounts in the first four books of the Gospel. Although we won’t include all of the passages in full below (Matthew 27:32-61, Mark 15:33-39, Luke 23, and John 19:1-37), we’ll include an excerpt from some of the passages. Please feel free, prior to your prayer, to read one or all of the accounts held within the Gospels to understand what happened on this day.

Matthew 27:32-37: “As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. 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, THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

Mark 15:33-39: “At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.” Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said. With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”

Luke 23:1-6: “Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Messiah, a king.” So Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “You have said so,” Jesus replied. Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no basis for a charge against this man.” But they insisted, “He stirs up the people all over Judea by his teaching. He started in Galilee and has come all the way here.” On hearing this, Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean. When he learned that Jesus was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.”

John 19:1-6: “Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face. Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews gathered there, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him.” When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!” As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!”

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What Happened on Good Friday?

As seen in the passages above, Jesus is arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane and put on trial. A number of false witnesses come against him in a kangaroo court. After bouncing back and forth between officials, including Pilate (who tortures Jesus), the Jewish people sentence Jesus to death by crucifixion.

Jesus dies on the cross, flanked by two thieves. In the hour of his passing, the world turns dark, and the curtain to the temple tears in two.

What Time Do We Pray on Good Friday?

We may wonder if we should pray at a specific time on Good Friday. God loves to hear our prayers at all times. However, if you want to pray during the time of Jesus’ death, he died at 3 p.m. in his time. If you want to pray at 3 p.m. (or 15:00) in your time to remember, you can. But if you want to pray in the exact hour of his death, I suggest comparing the Israel Time Zone with yours. For instance, I live in the Eastern Time Zone. 3 p.m. in Israel would be 8 A.M. where I live. So if I wanted to pray at the exact hour, I would do so at 8 A.M. my time.

But, again, you don’t have to pray at any specific time to remember the Lord on Good Friday.

A Good Friday Prayer of Thanks

Sweet and Precious Jesus, on this day I reflect upon the events of Good Friday. Even though they tried you unlawfully and sentenced you to death, you did not open your mouth in protest. I stand amazed at all you have done for me. That my God in heaven cared so much about my salvation that he lived the life I should have lived and died a brutal death. Jesus, so often I can forget everything you have done for me as I go about my days. I can never say thank you enough for your sacrifice on the cross. I surrender to you daily and am at a loss for words. Amen.

Christians can often get uncomfortable about Good Friday. Jesus had died in a cruel way, and to think he had done so for us can often seem unfathomable at times.

But we must remember and think on this day, just as much as we do on Easter Sunday. Good Friday reminds us of the gravity of our sins, and how much God was willing to sacrifice to be reunited in a relationship with us. Even though we do recognize the solemn nature of Good Friday, we wait in anticipation for the Resurrection Sunday where we can, at last, declare, “He is risen!”

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