Holy Saturday Prayer Guide

Scriptures

Praying God’s Promises an article by Tim Challies (9/13/10)

‘Promises on the Power of the Cross over Satan’
Excerpt from Take Words With You compiled by Tim Kerr, 2010

Christ’s Passion OT Readings Psalms NT Readings
Matthew 27:57-66 Job 14:1-14 Psalm 22 Romans 8:1-11
John 19:38-42 Lam. 3:1-9, 19-24 Psalm 31 Hebrews 4:1-16
Psalm 88 1 Peter 4:1-8
Psalm 130

Model Prayers

(Scriptural)
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

(Historical)
O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the
crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and
rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the
coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of
life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Almighty God,
Your name is glorified
even in the anguish of your Son’s death.
Grant us the courage
to receive your anointed servant
who embodies a wisdom and love
that is foolishness to the world.
empower us in witness
so that all the world may recognize
in the scandal of the cross the mystery of reconciliation. Amen.

Christ our God,
your love is poured out in death for our sakes.
Hold us in your embrace
as we wait for Easter’s dawn.
Comfort us with the promise that no power on earth, not even death itself,
can separate us from your love;
and strengthen us to wait
until you are revealed to us
in all your risen glory. Amen.

Eternal God, rock and refuge:
with roots grown old in the earth,
river beds run dry,
and flowers withered in the field,
we wait for revival and release.
Abide with us
until we come alive
in the sunrise of your glory. Amen.

Devotional: Journey to the Cross pages 134-136
(full devotional here)

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