Prayer visual for this week:
A cup, placed at the foot of the cross. These could be a real object or a drawing/picture. The cup reminds us of Jesus's humanity.
Prayer activities and ideas for this week:
Choose one or two things from your Ash Wednesday list to pray about. If you find it helpful to do so, write your prayers down on small pieces of paper and attach them to your cross.
In line with the theme of humanity you might also wish to think about:
all who are mourning, or recently bereaved, and all who are anxious, afraid or stressed
the 1.4 billion people in our world today who live below the poverty line, many of whom are put and kept in this position through unjust global systems – and particularly for all who do not have enough food or water today. You may particularly like to pray for the millions of men, women and children who are starving in east Africa – in South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.
a greater thankfulness to God for all the gifts he gives us, and a hunger to share these resources with others as he designed.
Lord Jesus, this cup reminds us of your humanity. We thank you that whatever anguish we experience, yours was greater, and that you will see us through.
Lord Jesus, you shared our humanity – our joys, but also our struggles. Help us to realise that this same humanity - made in your image, and further sanctified by your incarnation –is suffering, that we might again act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly before you, our servant king.