John 19:1 – 42 …16So he [Pilate] then handed Him over to them to be crucified. 17They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. 18There they crucified Him.
Our church was going through some tough times and our small prayer ministry team knew the only answer was to cry out to God and seek God’s help – not just individually which many were already doing, but also corporately, as the body of Christ. So we got to work organizing a prayer walk. Some members created a list of prayer stations around the church, and we added specific prayer topics for each station. We prayed for suitable weather, and we advertised and prayed that God would bring his people to pray.
The day of the prayer walk came and God answered our prayers. Threatening skies withheld their rain and folks showed up to walk and pray. My friend and I shared the responsibility of voicing the beginning and final prayers at each station. All was going well until the next-to-the-last station. As my friend led the prayers, I glanced ahead on the list and noted that I would be leading the group to “The large cross on the church wall.” That sounded easy enough; I couldn’t picture it in my head, but how hard could it be to find a large cross on a church building? My eyes quickly scanned the building walls, expecting to see the large beams of a cross, but instead saw only row after row of uninterrupted brick. As I heard the last prayer at our present station coming to an end, I cried silently but with great desperation, “Lead me to the cross, Lord!” Then, as the prayers ended, I took a few steps of faith, looked up – and there it was!
God loves when we pray with heartfelt fervency, “Lead me to the cross!” because the cross is a symbol of love and mercy and forgiveness, the lengths to which a holy God will go to redeem His children. At the cross I am so aware of my own sin that I don’t have time to find fault with others. Join me in praying…
Lead me to the cross, Lord. Remind me what Jesus did for me. Teach me the meaning of true love and sacrifice. Impress upon my heart the importance of forgiveness and redemption. Show me who You are, God: a god of infinite love, holiness, and mercy, and show me who I am: a sinner in need of a savior.
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