Welcome to the online version of the Lenten Prayer Walk. This was designed for those who couldn't make it to the actual prayer walk or who wanted to revisit their experience. The twelve stations are divided into four posts to make reading easier. Before you begin, take a moment to close your eyes, breathe deeply, and release the stresses of the day and the week. Try to tune out the noises and distractions in your surroundings. Clear your mind so you can hear God speaking to you through this virtual journey.
"Say to the Daughter of Zion,
'See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.' "
The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
"Hosanna to the Son of David!"
"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"
"Hosanna in the highest!"
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, "Who is this?" The crowds answered, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee."
This is where the walk starts: with palms and coats laid on the ground, and “Hosannas” in the air. The Messiah was coming to town. Many people expected a political king, coming to kick the Roman occupiers out. Just days alter, the same people were shouting “Crucify Him!” We are still fickle with the famous, loving them one minute and hating them the next. This says more about us than it does about them.
Think of some news headlines you have seen or heard recently. Spend a moment praying for those who are in the public eye. Some want to be there, but find it difficult to know what to do; others have suddenly been forced into the public view, and have no idea what to do. Do you praise or blame people in the news?Take a moment to pray for someone in the public eye who might need your prayers.
Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him. When He came to the place, He said to them, "Pray that you may not enter into temptation."
And He was withdrawn from them about a stone's throw, and He knelt down and prayed, saying, "Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done." Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
When He rose up from prayer, and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow. Then He said to them, "Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation."
The night before He died, Jesus went to pray at the Mount of Olives. He cried out to God in anguish, asking Him to take the cup of suffering away. But then he added: “Yet not my will, but thine be done”. Imagine the taste of red wine vinegar on your tongue. Think of the pain of the moment and the anguish that Jesus, the person, went through. Now think of someone who is afraid today, someone who has to make an agonizing decision, someone who knows that doing the “right” thing will be difficult or dangerous. Pray for them, now.
The Third Station: “God in Chains”Then one of the Twelve – the one called Judas Iscariot – went to the chief priests and asked, "What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?" So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
Matthew 26:14-16, NIV
Matthew 26:14-16, NIV
Judas betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver, the price of a slave. The Temple guards arrested Jesus while He was out of public sight in the garden, and took Him to the house of the High Priest.
Touch the forefinger and thumb of your right hand together, and then interlink your left thumb and forefinger to for a chain. Keep your fingers pressed together and feel the resistance as you try to separate your hands. Think about the many prisoners in the world today. Some are guilty of crimes, but some are innocent of any actual crime. Those are being held because they expressed a belief that someone in power doesn't like, or because they are suspected of being related to someone the powers don't like. Some people feel like prisoners, trapped in their houses by illness or environmental sensitivity or fear. Ask God to help you help those you have thought of.