“WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES!”
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:1-2 [NKJV])
“Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27 [NIV])
GSFC used the structure below on a Maundy Thursday for a ‘prayer vigil’. It proved to be a time of blessing, soul searching and a time to look forward to what God is promising his people at GSFC. This wonderful time was followed by lunch at 12 noon on Good Friday, ending with Communion.
The structure, in summary, was as follows:
- Times of led prayer.
- Time for worshipping God.
- Time for personal prayer and reflection.
- An opportunity to be creative as one is led by God.
- Opportunities for personal response to what the Lord reveals by His Spirit.
- Times of sharing together and corporate prayer as the Holy Spirit leads.
The structure, in more detail, was as follows:
- At the beginning of the evening, a pause for quiet reflection – say 15 minutes.
- Introduction of the format for the ‘Night and Morning of Prayer’.
- A time of corporate, led prayer, focussing on the cross, with the Holy Spirit leading the group. This helps build confidence and makes people feel more at ease.
- During the structured time, until about midnight, include personal prayer, prayer for each other, for one’s church, the community and for the nation.
- From midnight onwards, the time should be more unstructured. It ought to be a time to simply be with Jesus, soak in His presence & allow Him to meet with you/us, speak to you/us and put a response in you/us to what He is saying and doing in your/our lives.
- Create an opportunity to look back to when one first met Him at the cross and saw the difference that meeting made, inviting Him, by His Spirit, to renew that first love and open up more of all that He won for each and everyone of us on the cross.
- As one opens up to Him, one will be enabled to enter more fully into His life so that one can live one’s life more fully for God, pouring out His love to the lost and the wounded and bringing the Good News to the community in which one lives – all from the overflow of His presence.
“Let us all come forward and draw near with true (honest and sincere) hearts in unqualified assurance and absolute conviction engendered by faith (by that leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness).” (Hebrews 10:22)