Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. “It is written,” he said to them, ” ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it a ‘den of robbers.'”
The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple area, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant.
“Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “‘From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise’?” And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.
Morning Prayer: Jesus, I thank You for this Holy Week, which we celebrate as a reminder of Your death on the cross and resurrection that brings us life. On this Monday long ago, You cleansed the temple to make it a Holy place for worship. I pray today that You would point out areas in my life that need cleansing since You call my body a temple for the Holy Spirit. Throughout the day show me where I compromise and help me surrender anything in my life that does not honor you. Call me this week to also be a “house of prayer,” to pray continuously and diligently not just for myself and my concerns but for others too. In Your name, Amen.
Evening Prayer: I thank You, Jesus, for today. I thank You for pointing out areas throughout the day that I needed to surrender to You. I want to honor You more each day. Like the children shouting “Hosanna” near the temple, I end this day by praising You. You are so deserving of my worship and adoration. In Your name, Amen.