Prayers for Holy Week

A reading for Monday, April 10, 2017: Luke 19:45-48.

Prayer is the act of centering our thoughts and our actions on God. When we pray we ask and we listen. It can sometimes take a humble heart to submit our agendas and our busy schedules to prayer... Martin Luther is quoted as once saying, “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”

Jesus was angry at the leaders of the Temple in Jerusalem for failing to maintain God's house as a house of prayer. Apparently, the business and busyness of religion had overwhelmed the ability to seek God in prayer. Thus competing agendas and priorities continued to push Jesus and the religious leaders into an impending conflict.

As we start off Holy Week, perhaps it's a good reminder. This week too is a week of prayer and remembrance. The temptation for religious leaders like me, but for everyone I think, is to be quickly overwhelmed by the business and busyness of Holy Week and Easter. Worship and celebration are good, but perhaps Jesus' passion for prayer is all we really need.

I pray that this week be special for you and yours, only because you discover again the humility and power of centering our thoughts and actions on God. The power of prayer is truly what makes Holy Week special.


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