Like The Colt (Mark 11:1-11)

Lord, you sent your followers to find a colt that had never been ridden.
Are we like that colt?
Your teachings free us from the ties that bind us to this world.
Your teachings set us apart from others in this world.
We know that our master needs us in this world.

The colt was tied up patiently waiting.
Do we sometimes wait instead of taking action?
Do we wait for someone else to make the first move?
Your teachings have told us what we should be doing.
You taught us with words and with actions.
We know that our master needs us in this world.

The colt had never been ridden until he carried you with pride
into Jerusalem.
From the east, Lord, you rode into Jerusalem
on the back of a young colt, a simple procession.
From the west, Pontius Pilate, the Roman emperor,
rode into Jerusalem as the head
of an impressive procession of soldiers and military power.
Remind us, Lord, that the power and riches of this world
do not compare to your power and to your love.
Your teachings tell us that
the kingdom of God is worth more than the kingdom of man.
We know that our master needs us in this world.

Remind us at this time as we draw nearer to the miracle of Easter,
that it is up to us to carry your word out to the world.
As the colt carried you into Jerusalem,
we are to now carry your love and your message to the rest of the world.
As you shared with us the love of your Father,
help us to love one another.
Your followers celebrated your humble arrival
and ignored the trappings of Pilate.
Help us to see what is truly valuable and keep us from being tempted by earthly treasures.
We know that our master needs us in this world.

The colt went willingly with your disciples.
Help us to see your plan, your will, and to follow you as willingly.
Open our eyes to the needs of those around us.
Open our hearts to the pain of those who need comfort and healing.
Use our talents and skills to act in your place in the world today.
We know that our master needs us in this world, and we know that you are with us always.
We ask that you be with ___ as they need your healing touch and grace.

You taught us with words and with actions.
And you gave us the words that we use today,
“Our Father…”

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