A Prayer for Tuesday in Holy Week

A Prayer for Tuesday in Holy Week

Peter's Denial, Masters of Dirc van Delf

Jesus, you predicted that Peter would deny you three times, even though he told you that he’d go to prison and even death with you. We confess that we’re no better than Peter. We may boast our resolve to remain faithful to you, come what may, only to discover the next moment that we’ve denied you too, like Peter. We deny you in many and various ways. We deny you to conform to the dictates of peer groups. We deny you for fleeting momentary gains of popularity, wealth and status. We deny you out of cowardice for fear of confronting others who persecute or ridicule you and take your name in vain. We deny you when we lack the courage to stand up for those who suffer and are persecuted for your name’s sake. We deny you for the sake of inconvenience, we might have to suffer some hardship and that would never do. We deny you out of ignorance, not realising what we’ve done and its consequences until after the fact. We deny you because we prefer the way of triumphalism rather than the Way of the Cross. We deny you in countless ways, so often we’ve lost track. Is there any hope for us Jesus? Yes, you reassure us in what your said to Peter. You prayed that his own faith would not fail and, one day, after has denial, he’d be able to turn back in repentance and go on to strengthen his companions. (Luke 22:31-34) What sorrow I, we must inflict upon you Jesus. I, we, repent of our countless denials of you Jesus. Have mercy upon me/us; heal and forgive me/us. For your love’s sake.

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I am, among other things, a sojourner, a sinner-saint, a baptized, life-long learner and follower of Jesus, and Lutheran pastor. Dim Lamp: dimlamp.wordpress.com gwh photos: gwhphotos.wordpress.com

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