Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death– even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Father in Heaven, we come to you this Palm Sunday, knowing that these are the final days for your Son. We are in awe of your love and grace. You saw all that would happen to your most precious son, you made Man, and yet you allowed this week to play out in order to ensure our Salvation. How that humbles us Lord,
Today, Father, your Son rode into Jerusalem as a hero, the Prince of Peace. We sang his praises and lay our clothes on the road. We rejoiced at his arrival and celebrated a new day. We shared the good news that Jesus was the Messiah. Father, in this day, give us the courage to still speak out for you so boldly today. Give us the strength to proclaim to all, the greatness of your Son, “blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
This week, Father, remind us that we were the disciples with whom Jesus shared his final meal. We were his devoted friends who followed him and served him throughout his journey. We were the disciples who fell asleep in the garden while Jesus prayed. We were the people who jeered at your Son as he carried the cross. Forgive us Lord. Forgive us when we deny your Son. Forgive us when we look the other way. Forgive us when we do what is easy rather than what is right. Forgive us Lord when we fail you.
Father, just as you were in Pilate’s court as he proclaimed Christ’s innocence, be with our leader’s today. No matter where they are in our local, federal or world government, or businesses, give them guidance and discernment to do what is right. Help our leaders to be strong, responsible, and wise in their actions.
At the end of the week, Father, Your son’s body was broken, his spirit, damaged, his relationship with his followers, destroyed. He embodied all our fears, all our weaknesses. Father, we ask that you will heal those whose bodies are weak and damaged, restore those with broken spirits, and mend broken relationships. Father, please care for:
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Father, we rejoice that you were not finished with us after that terrible moment on the cross. We rejoice that you had plans for your people and your church that was greater than anything we could have imagined. Give our pastors, our leaders and us the guidance to build a church aligned with your vision. Grant us the wisdom and energy to be a church that is the embodiment of your word. Allow us to be a church that boldly proclaims the resurrection of your Son
We humbly ask all these things in your Son’s name.