Holy Week: Palm Sunday
The next day, when the large crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, they took palm branches and went out to meet Him. They kept shouting: “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord—the King of Israel! - John 12:12-13
Hosanna literally means "save, I pray." The Jews had been praying and waiting for the Messiah for centuries. They were desperate to be delivered from Roman oppression and many saw Jesus as the answer to their prayers. Jesus was the Messiah they had been waiting for, but not in the way that they hoped or expected.
Just days later, crowds would be shouting for Jesus again, but this time for Him to be crucified. How quickly our attitudes can turn when God doesn't fit the box of who we think He should be.
Pray and ask the Lord to reveal how you may be approaching Him with preconceived expectations of how He should answer your prayers. Take time to journal what He shows you. Then, spend some time in prayer asking God to give you a heart that welcomes Him in whatever way He wants to work in your life, even if it's not what you would have expected.
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