We are approaching Easter and Holy Week in the midst of a world that is hard to recognize, compared to just a month ago. Our hearts might have become distracted from the purpose of the Lenten season, and the peace we should be feeling has been replaced, for many of us, with an ongoing sense of anxiety.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Christ is our greatest peace during hard days.
The message of the cross and Easter is that Christ has overcome the world. He has overcome death. He has brought peace through salvation. This peace can stand up to any trial and pain that may come our way. It is lasting, secure, and can never be removed from a believer.
The Gospel says, fear not, for Christ has overcome all we have to fear. He has opened the door wide for us to trust Him fully and cast off the anxiety that seeks to steal our peace.
I want more for us this Holy Week. I long for us to fix our eyes and the eyes of our family on His perfect and holy peace. Each of these five prayers—one for each day of the week leading up to Easter—is intentional to set our hearts and minds on our source of true peace.
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