I said, “LORD, be merciful to me; Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.” (Ps 41:4)
God is the one who rules over the affairs of our lives. He meets us in our downcast state and pours out grace upon us. A crushed spirit is the shortcut to the throne of grace.
The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ The King of Israel!” (John 12:12-13)
As crowds gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover feast, they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. They went out to meet Him. The multitude shouted, “Hosanna!”, which means “save, I pray” (Psa 118:25). They welcomed Him as their king and savior. They took palm branches, which were symbols of victory among the Jews. They followed Him and cried out with shouts of praise. What a glorious and joyful moment it was for His triumphal entry into Jerusalem!
As the children of God, apart from abiding in God’s commandments, to show love to one another is part and parcel of our lives. To love mankind is to love God as God is love.
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (1 John 4:7-8)
“‘If it had not been the Lord who was on our side,’ Let Israel now say—” (Psalm 124:1)
As this year draws to a close and a new one begins, take some time to look back and reflect on the past year. If God had not been in the equation, how would things have turned out? What kind of changes would there have been? Imagining what life would have been like without God reminds us of His continual faithfulness, amazing grace, and beautiful plan that He has for us. It reminds us of the importance of counting our blessings, cultivating a heart of gratitude, and developing the habit of always thanking God in all circumstances.
How can we make our prayers of intercession more effective? Abraham’s intercession for Lot in Genesis 18 provides much insight into how our prayers can reach God.