Day of Fasting and Prayer for Spain Guide 6

Nearly twenty years ago, in the midst of great devotion and tradition, Manu caught glimpses of the light while participating in an Easter Week procession marked by fervor and faith. A devout man, accustomed to carrying on his shoulders the image of the Virgin during Easter Week, Manu found himself immersed in a sermon shared by the local priest which shook the very foundations of his faith. It was in this instant, amidst words that resonated with sincere truth, that Manu understood the true meaning of the sacrifice of Christ. The echoing voice of the preacher revealed with greater and greater understanding that Jesus not only died to save sinners, but to heal and to restore repentant hearts.

In that moment of clarity, Manu also came to realize that the Virgin, though venerated by the Catholic tradition, was not the intermediary between God and humanity. As he reflected on the truth and things began to fall into place, the invitation to repentance called to him with unbreakable force. And now, in the days leading up to the deepest and most transcendental Christian celebration, we invite you to join us on a spiritual journey that exceeds time and space. From Palm Sunday all the way through Easter Sunday, we invite you to dive into the majesty of the passion, death, and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Join us in praying so that thousands of other Spaniards might experience the same transformation that Manu lived years ago during Easter Week. May they find in the resurrected Christ the forgiveness and grace that they desire. This is a unique moment to connect with the essence of the Christian faith and to establish a personal relationship with the only Savior.

Processions in Spain

The number of processions that take place in Spain during Holy Week varies depending on the region and the city. Granada and Sevilla, for example, are known for having numerous processions and deep-rooted traditions during this time of year. In Sevilla, for example, over 60 processions take place, some of which are extremely famous worldwide, including the “Brotherhood of the Macarena” or the “Esperanza de la Triana”.

In Granada, although Easter week is not as famous as it is in Sevilla, processions take place all throughout the week, creating an atmosphere of devotion and somberness that characterizes this celebration.

Throughout the entire nation, over three million individuals partake firsthand in these processions, with thousands participating in the crowds.

So how can we pray?

During Easter week, Spaniards’ hearts are considerably more sensitive as they remember the death and suffering of Jesus. We know that the Holy Spirit is always at work, but we ask that you join us in praying over this specific time with the following requests:

  • May there be clarity in the hearts of the Spaniards regarding the redemptive sacrifice of Christ for all humanity.
  • May there be an outpouring of grace over the Spanish people, so that many hearts would return to Jesus and find true faith in His Word.
  • May there be salvation for those in the Church and outside the Church; specifically, for those whose flawed beliefs and traditions are not pleasing to the Lord.
  • May there be understanding that the risen Christ has no need to be carried on the shoulders of men.
  • May the people of Spain seek the true and living God and cease crying out to gods who cannot hear them or respond to them according to Psalm 115.
Click to read Psalm 115

Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! 
Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” 
Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. 
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. 
They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see. 
They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell. 
They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat. 
Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them. 
O Israel, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield. 
O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield. 
You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield. 
The LORD has remembered us; he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron; 
he will bless those who fear the LORD, both the small and the great. 
May the LORD give you increase, you and your children! 
May you be blessed by the LORD, who made heaven and earth! 
The heavens are the LORD’s heavens, but the earth he has given to the children of man. 
The dead do not praise the LORD, nor do any who go down into silence. 
But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and forevermore. Praise the LORD!

  • May people be freed from bondage and strongholds, whether these are created by promises made to an idol or their fear of what others might think, or their own pride in their honor.
  • May there be a true witness, both in words and actions, of the children of God in Spain, particularly remembering that Manu’s first exposure to the Gospel was through the witness of his neighbors.
  • Pray for strength for followers of Jesus, may they continue to be salt and light in the darkness, revealing to those around them that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.
  • May the chains be broken in the hearts of those who have witnessed hypocrisy and the sin of idolatry. May their lives be impacted by the Holy Spirit, overwhelming them with the love of God and drawing them to surrender to Him.
  • May there be a powerful move of God in His church in Spain, bringing renewal, restoration, and revival through his faithful and obedient servants dedicated to proclaiming the Good News of the Gospel.
  • Pray for the believers who will be responding to the messages of individuals who hear Manu’s testimony on social media. May the Word of God flow through these digital responders with love, wisdom, and discernment so that many would find the path that leads to eternal life!

Thank you for being part of the work of God in this nation.