Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” (Matthew 21:1-3)
Holy Spirit, help us recognize those whom Jesus sends to us to lay claim on our resources and respond by freely giving them whatever Jesus needs.
All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, lowly, and sitting on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.'” (Matthew 21:4-5)
Father, help us recognize when you are fulfilling your word to us.
So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. (Matthew 21:6-8 )
Jesus, help us do as these disciples and the multitudes did: they prepared the way for you to come into their city and their lives.
Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:9)
Jesus, please help us welcome you with praise and thanksgiving into our lives. Thank you for all that you have done for us. We praise you; we praise your holy name. Thank you for letting us bear your cross and your name.
And when he had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?” So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.” (Matthew 21:10-11)
Holy Spirit, help us be ready to say who Jesus is when we are asked.
Jesus, you are the Christ, the son of the living God.
A word received: I have taught you to hope in me. I have given you a testimony of hope. I want all my people to hope in me.
Sunday: 145; Zechariah 9:9-16; 1 Pet. 3:13-22; Matthew 21:1-13
Monday: 106:19-48; Zechariah 10:1-12; Gal. 6:1-10; Luke 18:15-30