Dear Lord,

Today we remember what happened long ago. People shouted with joy as Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey. The fearful political and religious elite plotted, and then enacted a plan to assassinate him. You patiently worked to save the world through the very one the world rejected. 

But we don’t want just to talk about the past – we want to experience You right now. Overwhelm us with just the grace that You know we need in this coming week. Pierce our hearts with an awakening that brings us closer to You than we ever imagined. Transform us from the inside – out in every way You know we need. 

Quite simply, Lord, may we actually be different in one week on Easter Sunday than we are today.

We pray this in his name that is above all names.