Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.
Prayer of Preparation
Statement from the Cross #1
Thoughts of a Fellow Sojourner
Moment of Reflection
Prayer of Consummation
Read Luke 23:32-34 slowly a few times (Lectio)
Ponder the Text (Meditatio)
Speak to God (Oratio)
Find a quiet place (Contemplatio)
- Do I need to forgive myself for something?
- Do I need God to forgive me for something?
- Do I need to ask forgiveness from someone I have hurt?
- Do I need to forgive someone for something?
- Talk to Jesus. He is right across the table from you. Share your thoughts with him, he’ll listen. Take as long as you need break it down for him, leave nothing unsaid.
Individual Prayer Guide
Luke 23:34 – “Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.’ And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.”
- Sit in silence for a couples minutes. Really focus on engaging God. Thats what prayer is for, engaging God.
- Acknowledge God’s presence. Thank him for taking an interest in your life.
- Ask him to forgive your sins and to bring to light anything that maybe keeping you from knowing him on the most intimate levels
- Ask him to help you embrace that forgiveness in your life. Part of learning to embrace God’s forgiveness is being able to forgive yourself.
- Ask him to enlighten some area’s in your life where you may need to extend grace and forgiveness to the people you interact with. This can include but is not limited to family, friends, co-workers, roommates, or neighbors.
- Thank God for his forgiveness and his heart for others. Ask him to do the same in you and in the other people around you.
- Sit in silence for a minute, then move forward again with the rest of your day.
1. Read Ephesians 1:7-8 slowly a few times (Lectio)
2. Ponder the text (Meditatio).
3. Speak to God (Oratio)
4. Find a quiet place (Contemplatio)
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” – Luke 23:34
Jesus did not ask forgiveness for Himself — He didn’t need to, He was sinless. Jesus did not ask for a quick, painless death — He knew His purpose for dying on the Cross. Jesus did not ask God for vengeance on the people who sentenced Him to death — instead He prayed on their behalf.
Even in His suffering, Jesus was able to forgive His tormentors and care about their souls. If Jesus could forgive those who hurt Him, He can forgive us of our sins — and give us the strength to forgive others.
In what sense can our sin be seen as a debt owed to God? How can we pay off a debt like that? On what basis can God offer forgiveness for our debt of sin?
What did Jesus mean when He said that His attackers did not know what they were doing? What does knowledge of our sin have to do with forgiveness?
Who was most responsible for Jesus’ death on the Cross? How responsible are we for Jesus’ death?
What thoughts or feelings come up as you think about what it cost Jesus to provide our forgiveness?
Now that we have been forgiven, what implications does this have for us in offering forgiveness to others?
Take It Away
For next week:
How can and will you begin putting what we have learned into practice this coming week?
Close in Prayer
Take turns asking God to help you understand His forgiveness better and deeper and to become a person who offers forgiveness as graciously as He does.