How to Pray Through The Stations of the Cross

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It's Holy Friday and we're praying the Stations of the Cross as we focus on Jesus. Use this as a devotion with your family or pray it privately. It will help you prepare your heart and mind for Sunday.

On Good Friday followers of Jesus focus their hearts and minds on Jesus’ suffering and death on a cross.

In 1991, Pope John Paul II revised the 14 Stations of the Cross to align with
events as they were recorded in Scripture.

So let’s pause today and…

Walk the steps of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, through the stations of the cross ... remembering that His love is perfect and complete.

C. S. Lewis wrote…

“When He died in the Wounded World He died not for men, but for each man. If each man had been the only man made, He would have done no less.

Praying Through the Stations of the Cross

1. Jesus Prayed in the Garden of GethsemaneMark 14:32–41

Lord Jesus, You cried out in prayer anticipating Your suffering and death and the disciples slept. You ask me to watch and pray, but I can easily grow tired in my circumstances weighted by worries … and fall asleep. You sweat drops of blood. You pleaded with the Father. And then, You surrendered to His will. You made our greatest need Your greatest priority. You gave everything and I will forever thank and praise You. Amen.

It's Holy Friday and we're praying the Stations of the Cross as we focus on Jesus. Use this as a devotion with your family or pray it privately. It will help you prepare your heart and mind for Sunday.

2. Jesus Betrayed by Judas and ArrestedMatthew 26:47–56

Lord Jesus, Friends still betray friends. People still run away to protect themselves. Forgive us. We are no different than those who betrayed You. May I boldly stand for truth. May I stand strong in faith. You are the Rock of our Salvation. Help me faithfully follow You wherever You lead even when the path is hard and I’m afraid. Amen.

3. Jesus Condemned by the SanhedrinLuke 22:66–71

Lord Jesus, People lied and You paid the price. Still today, we fail to consistently speak the truth. Forgive us. We can fail to profess You before others because we fear men more than we love You. Forgive us. Help me focus on Your gracious love. Give me the courage to faithfully speak the truth about You, my Savior, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Amen.

4. Jesus Denied by PeterJohn 18:15–18,25–27

Lord Jesus, Like Peter, we boast that we will follow You through anything, but that’s before we’re afraid or the struggle overwhelms us. It is only through the Holy Spirit’s strength that I am able to have what I need when I’m confronted and afraid. Please help me. I never want “deny You.” (Matthew 10:32–33) Please give me the courage to proclaim the wonderful things You have done for me to the glory of Your Holy name. Amen.

5. Jesus Judged by PilateJohn 19:1–16

Lord Jesus, I’m ashamed to imagine myself in the crowd shouting “Crucify Him.” Like Pilate, we, your children, can be tempted to wash our hands and look away when others condemn or deny You. Forgive us. Forgive me. Help us. Help me. I need You. Amen.

6. Jesus Beaten and Crowned with ThornsJohn 19:1–3

Lord Jesus, It breaks my heart that You were tortured and abused for me. You took my pain, my shame … my punishment. Forgive me. I am so very sorry. Each time I sin through lack of obedience or defiant disobedience I place my mark on Your punishment. A punishment I deserved. Forgive me. Amen. 

It's Holy Friday and we're praying the Stations of the Cross as we focus on Jesus. Use this as a devotion with your family or pray it privately. It will help you prepare your heart and mind for Sunday.

7. Jesus Carried His CrossJohn 19:17

Lord Jesus, You were broken and beaten … forced to carry the instrument of Your death. You said that Your followers must be willing to carry their cross. (Luke 9:23) And around the world believers are abused and martyred because they trust You. Please give me everything I need to remain faithful and carry whatever You assign. Please help me. Give me the courage and strength I need to trust and obey. Amen. 

8. Jesus Helped by Simon the Cyrene to Carry His CrossMark 15:21

Lord Jesus, Thank you for the people who help me. Simon was not among Your close followers. We don’t even know if He knew You, but he carried Your cross. When You ask us to come alongside and help carry the burdens of those beaten and abused … help us shine the light of Your love. Make us caring and compassionate. Help us love like You. Amen. 

9. Jesus Addressed the Women of JerusalemLuke 23:28–31

Lord Jesus, We cry out. There is so much pain. So much loss. Hurting hearts need You. We cry over Your suffering. We cry over a suffering world. We cry over our suffering. Comfort us and help us to comfort and help one another. Amen. 

10. Jesus Nailed to the CrossMark 15:23–25

Lord Jesus, It feels too hard to watch. I want to look away. Excruciating pain and humiliation. My punishment. My suffering. My shame. I am so sorry. I’m guilty. Simply saying “thank you” is not enough. May I faithfully give myself to You in humble love as You gave Your all to give me life. I love You. I adore You. I worship You forever. Amen. 

It's Holy Friday and we're praying the Stations of the Cross as we focus on Jesus. Use this as a devotion with your family or pray it privately. It will help you prepare your heart and mind for Sunday.

11. Jesus Promised His Kingdom to a ThiefLuke 23:39–43

Lord Jesus, You made a promise, “Today you will be with me in paradise.” A powerful promise to a dying thief. A powerful promise for humble sinners who have received Your gift of redeeming grace. Death gives way to life eternal. Thank you for giving us this amazing promise full of hope. Amen. 

12. Jesus Provided for His MotherJohn 19:25–27

Lord Jesus, Thank you for showing us that You care about the details of our lives by providing for Your mother. You lived and died not for my future hope alone, but for every day I live and breathe. Triune God, Father, Son, and Spirit . . . You provide and care for every need. You keep every promise. I thank and praise You now and always. Amen. 

13. Jesus Died on the CrossJohn 19:28–30

Lord Jesus, You felt excruciating pain and suffering. You willingly gave Your life. You suffered death. And although I will face death one day, I know I will not face it alone. You promise to be with me always. You are full of love and compassion filling me with strength and hope. You gave Yourself into the Father’s hands and as I wait for Sunday, I do not wait as those who have no hope. Because I trust You, my Lord and Savior. Amen

14. Jesus Laid in a TombMatthew 27:57–61

Lord Jesus, You rested in a borrowed tomb as Your followers gathered in fear and confusion. It must have felt like the end for them. But the tomb could not hold You. It was temporary. And through this truth, I will wait and anticipate the victory that begins our eternal celebration. Thank you, Jesus. Amen. 

It's Holy Friday and we're praying the Stations of the Cross as we focus on Jesus. Use this as a devotion with your family or pray it privately. It will help you prepare your heart and mind for Sunday.

As we focus with faith on the Stations of the Cross, remember…

  • The Father gave His Son.

For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

  • The Son gave His life.

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Romans. 5:6

  • The Spirit helps us SEEK, KNOW, LOVE, TRUST, and OBEY.

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. Romans 8:26a

May you be blessed this Holy Friday as you remember how much the Lord loves you … focus your heart and mind on Him as you think about all He has done for us through the Stations of the Cross.

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  1. Thank you for today’s post, Amen!

  2. Kathy Francescon says:

    I so needed the strength I garnered from this beautiful post this morning! Thank you, Deb, that even in your grief and mourning, you are instilling in us, the love, the joy, the peace and the promises of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. You are so devoted, such a good steward for all of us. May God bless you and keep you forever in His care…because I know and feel how much you care for us, your eager and needful readers. Have a blessed Good Friday and a joyous Easter, as we celebrate our “Risen Christ!” Love and gratefulness from my heart to yours, blessed friend.
    And to all the familiar names that share such beautiful and heartfelt comments, you have no clue how your thoughts also encourage and uplift! I read every comment and truly feel every word I read, is a blessing from God! I am so thankful for being a part of such a close knit group, that God brings together! With love and thanksgiving, that we are friends and sisters, in Christ!

    1. Thank you, Kathy! The Lord has been so good to us. I absolutely love connecting with all of you. Your prayers and kindness are a gift from God that blesses and encourages me each day. Focusing on the Lord and you dear friends keeps me from dwelling on myself. I am so very thankful for you all. Have a wonderful weekend celebrating the greatest gift of all. Blessings and hugs!

  3. JoyceThomas says:

    Amen Amen 🙏 🙌 👏 ❤️
    A very blessed Good Friday to all ~ 🙏

  4. JoyceThomas says:

    Have a very blessed Good Friday all 🙌

  5. Brent Wooden says:

    Thanks for sharing. Carrying God ‘s word in our hearts allows us to recall it when we most need it “BE strong and of good courage, do not be afraid of them;for the Lord your God, He is the ONE who goes with you. HE WILL NOT LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU–DEUTERONOMY 31:6; HAPPY Easter to you and your family ❤️

    1. Amen, Brent! What a blessing it is to know that He has not only saved us for all eternity but that He goes with us and gives us what we need each day. God bless you Resurrection Celebration!

  6. How very touching and beautiful this post is and it has stirred my soul. I have thought about all of the people who betrayed Jesus. He was so kind and compassionate and always had time for them. He listened, he healed, he would raise some from the dead, but he was still treated so terrible. I am thankful for the ones who were loyal to HIM and more than anything, I am so grateful for HIS supreme sacrifice for me and for all people. Today, we celebrate “Good Friday” and ALL that it means to us. ALL THAT HE MEANS TO US.
    Thank you so much for this beautiful post. You are wonderful!! And such a dear, loyal friend. I hope that you have a beautiful Easter weekend! I know it is different for you, but God is with you and so is your Dear Rev. and Sadie. Angels watching over you!!
    And, of course, you have all of us who love and appreciate you.

    1. Love you, Sue! Thanks as always for your prayers and encouragement. What a gracious and wonderful God we have who gave everything for us and continues to give us what we need each day. May your Easter Weekend be blessed with His peace, joy, and love. Big hugs to you, dear friend!

    2. Kathy Francescon says:

      Wanted to wish my beautiful and special friend a wonderful and joyful Good Friday and a most blessed Easter Sunday! You are truly put your heart to words and every post touches my heart! You are a blessing to so many and especially to me! Love and hugs my precious and sweet kindred spirit!
      Faithfully growing in Christ!

      1. Kathy Francescon says:

        Meant to say, truly putting your heart to words! I am always messing up a word texting!

        1. Kathy, Thank you so much and I wish the same for you and your family. May your Easter be filled with love and joy. I love Easter and I love you my sweet friend.
          May your Easter basket be filled to the brim with all the happiness it can hold. And, I am hoping it is a HUGE basket. God Bless You!!

  7. michael robinson says:

    Beautiful in every respect with deepest gratitude

    1. Thank you so much, Michael! God bless you!

  8. Ana Cordova says:

    Beautiful Deb love each prayer from the stations of the cross. I love this time of the year Holy Week to bring me closer to my with with God. To be thankful for the love, grace, peace and mercy he gives me daily. Knowing the blood shed and pain he endured to forgive us of our sins to have eternal life. To remind me that I must follow him to the cross as he has done for me. To humble myself like he did when he washed the feet of the apostle so I can do the same for others. God forgive me that I am a sinner have mercy on me to always do your will as you did the same for our love.
    Blessings Deb have a wonderful Easter Sunday!

    1. Thank you, Ana! I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend. God’s blessings!

  9. Angie scales says: