Hosanna…

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photo: Anne Coates

(an acrostic prayer)

Heavenly Father, we are here in Your holy presence with praise on our lips as our hearts feed our expressions with hosannas and joyful worship!

Opulent is the feeling of Your supplying our every need that we may have, O Father. Your presence is all we need.

Send us from this place, still basking in Your presence, to sing to the entire world Your arrival in our hearts today. May we be instruments in Your hands for the building of Your kingdom!

Abet our weary souls by Your grace and mercy, O Lord. May we seek Your face even in the midst of the world’s discouragement.

Naked we stand before you, clothed only in our sins and unrighteousness. Look on us Lord, and clothe us in Your love and righteousness.

Nullify the world’s alluring temptations with Your holy word, O God! Cause us to remember and to live Your will for us written in Your blood.

Acclaiming You, O Father, we lift up our songs, our prayers, our confessions and our intercessions to You. For You are the only God who hears and answers and saves through the blood of Your son, Jesus Christ. Hosanna. Hosanna. Hosanna, in Your name, O God!

The Path Continues…

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Palm Sunday…

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(an acrostic prayer)

Precious, adoring, loving, Father; we pause in our over-busyness to offer praise and thanksgiving to You today.

All that we are, all that we have, all that we will ever be, is a gift from You, Lord. We come to lay ourselves at Your feet in worship.

Lead us to Your throne today, Father, as we celebrate the sacrifice of love and life that You offer in Your Son, Jesus.

Move us from familiarity to intimacy with Your Son, our Savior, Jesus. Help us to draw near to You through him, O Father.

Show us again, Father, the everlasting-ness of Your love and grace that you sent to us in Jesus.

Use Your word, O God, to break our pride and selfish nature, that we may, in our brokenness, become whole again in You.

Nearer, still nearer to You is what we want to be, O Lord. Your word promises that if we draw near to You, You will draw near to us. Thank You, Father.

Discernment, O Lord, we seek a heavenly discernment for the days in which we live. The worldly discernment that we see daily has led us to sin. Open us up to Your holy discernment today, O God.

Allured by the things of this world, we are in need of Your forgiveness and cleansing, Father. Wash over us, Lord with the peace of Your grace and mercy.

Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and forevermore. Amen!

The Path Continues…

Palm Sunday…

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Palms waving in the air and spread across the road as a man on a donkey rides by,

Assuming the position of spectators, we look on as he passes by as others shout “Hosanna, Hosanna, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”

Looking to him to save us, we sing praises and give him gifts of palms and coats strewn along the way.

Moved to bowing, we sense something special and different about this man on the back of a donkey.

Sent to us on the back of a donkey, this man arrives in the places where we live our lives.

Undeterred by the lack of real understanding on our part this man rides into our lives seeking to know us and to be known.

Near to us as he rides in, we sense that there is more to this man on the back of a donkey than first thought, as he enters our lives.

Doing for us what we could not do for ourselves, he rides toward rejection, humiliation, pain and a cross, on the back of a donkey.

A look of sadness is on his face, this man on the back of a donkey, as he pauses outside and cries over our unbelief.

Yearning to his father, he cries over the lack of understanding that we exhibit, even as he longs to gather us to Himself. This man on the back of a donkey loves us more than we can fully know. He rides in to us, individually. What will we do with this man on the back of a donkey?

(a revision and repost from last year)

The Path Continues…