Tonight Crew is staying up all night with Jesus to pray. Just as Jesus asked his disciples to stay up with him the night before his death, we are going to stay up with him the night before we remember his death. Here’s the story of that night from the gospel according to Matthew:
- Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See,the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. (Matthew 26:36-45)
Let me give you a practical matter and then give you some tips on how to do this.
Ok, here’s the deal: As a Church we are praying from 6pm tonight until 6am tomorrow morning. Everyone that signed up needs to stick to the hour that they signed up for so we make sure that we are praying all night as a church. a sign up sheet was filled out thoroughly at Crew last Sunday. If you weren’t there, you can pick anytime. Every slot was covered so that’s not a problem. If you don’t remember what you signed up for, email or call me and I’ll let you know.
Now for some tips. There are by no means rules to this, but to help you have a meaningful prayer time I thought I’d give some suggestions based on what I’m planning on doing. If it helps great, if not then ignore it.
–If you have some worship CD’s, you might turn them on softly as background music as you pray and read. Instrumental stuff would probably be less distracting.
–Start out reading your daily readings out of our Lent booklet.
–Praise and adore God for who is. Not necessarily what he’s done for you or asking for stuff. Simply saying to him and yourself what the traits of God are and why that’s great and how He is real. Things like his size, his beauty, his grace, his holiness, his mercy, his compassion, his love, I could keep going. Zero in on a couple of these and simply adore him.
–Read Isaiah 52:13-53:12.
–Confess any sin that may be in your life. Ask God to reveal an area of change that needs to happen. Truly receive the forgiveness that has been provided by Jesus death.
–Thank God for Jesus and his death and let the reality of that sink in. Think of the benefits that are ours because of Jesus.
–Ask God to give you a meaningful Good Friday and deep anticipation of Easter and the resurrection
–Pray for what is on your heart as a concern or worry or need. Pray for your small group, church, leaders, Huntington, people by name.
–Finally, post a prayer, reflection, testimony, whatever on the comment section of this blog to be shared by Crew.
Thanks guys. I hope this is a great night for you and I look forward to praying with you tonight!