celtic preayers

Prayer on a Theme of 'Cross'

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The Cross is at the centre of our faith, and it is no wonder that it has always been at the centre of a Christian's prayer and worship life, as through the centuries prayer writers have grappled with the sheer wonder of such an outpouring of God's love to humankind.




From the beginning
you knew the final outcome
watched as the jigsaw pieces
were slotted into place
saw the significance of every moment.
As your body was anointed with oil
at the table of Simon the Leper
the picture was becoming clearer
not only in your eyes
but to an unknown woman
and one of your closest friends.
Judas sensed that this was his moment
sacrificing trust
that had been so freely given
on the altar of selfish gain
for his fifteen allotted minutes of fame
and thirty pieces of silver
The woman recognised the moment.
She gave generously
a costly gift, freely offered.
A fragrant sacrifice of perfume and love
remembered forever in your heart.
And as Judas slipped away unnoticed
your disciples saw none of this
failed to see the significance of the moment.
Two sacrifices, one of trust
and one of love.
But you noticed, Lord
as you notice each day
our sacrificial offering
and betrayal



There are people we like
and those we do not
but the difficult situations arise
when those we love turn against us
for no logical reason
We are hurt and angry at such betrayal
when someone who has shared our lives
should now use that knowledge against us.
It is a broken relationship, Lord
almost impossible to repair.
That you should share bread and wine
at the same table as Judas
knowing the secrets of his heart
That you could share your love
knowing what was to follow
on the road to Calvary
defies our human understanding.
And yet, Lord this is the road
you would have us follow
the road that leads to the cross
the road that only makes sense
when seen through your eyes
the road of sacrificial love




How often when weary
do we sigh 'The spirit is willing,
but the body is weak.'
How often when in prayer
are thoughts distracted by
sounds or circumstance
or prayers diverted
by trivial concerns.
Baggage carried with us
rather than left at your feet.
How often do we find ourselves
apologising to you
for our abbreviated prayer life.
And yet you draw us still
to be in your presence
as you did the disciples at Gethsemene
You want us to share in your life
to play our part.
You told your disciples to watch and pray
so that they might not fall into temptation
Do you ask the same of us
and do we also fail you
each time we whisper
'The spirit is willing,
but the body is weak.'
Grant us the strength, Lord
of body and of spirit
to offer you the sacrifice
of our lives




When the going gets tough
the tough get going.
It is easy to say 'No'
to take the easy way out
Easy to play safe
and live to fight another day.
Like Peter, who loved you
with such a passion, Lord
filled with such energy
so impetuous
ready to speak first
and ask questions later.
Except when asked
if he was with you, Lord
Except when his faith
was seriously challenged
when the road to the cross
became dangerous.
You knew Peter
knew the calibre of the man
and what would happen
before the cock crowed twice
But it didn't stop you choosing him
the rock upon which
your Church would be built.
There is comfort for us, Lord
in Peter's frailty
reassurance that your love
and confidence extends
to both strong and frail
as you look to our potential
and in your love forget
our momentary weakness