Throw over the injustice in my life

One Verb Prayers in Response to Jesus’ Journey to the Cross: Throw Over

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A Holy Week practice for many is to read through the daily events for Jesus and his followers beginning with Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem on the Sunday before his crucifixion. We call this Palm Sunday, though palms are not mentioned in the text. For a spiritual discipline to help us join Jesus’ ancient followers in that weeklong, tumultuous, confusing journey, I’ve written a prayer matched to one event during that week. So join me in daily praying One Verb Prayers in Response to Jesus’ Journey to the Cross. 

Today’s verb is Throw-over from Mark 11: 15-17:

When Jesus reached Jerusalem, he entered the temple courtyard. He began to drive out those who were buying and selling there. He turned over the tables of the people who were exchanging money. He also turned over the benches of those who were selling doves. He would not allow anyone to carry items for sale through the temple courtyard. Then he taught them. He told them, “It is written that the Lord said, ‘My house will be called a house where people from all nations can pray.’ But you have made it a ‘den for robbers.’ ” 

Taking poetic license with the concept of the Temple here, I am using Paul’s idea that our bodies (very lives) are temples and we are asking Jesus to throw over what he needs to in our lives.

Lord Jesus,

Throw over my temple’s tables of impurity and injustice.

In the name of the Father, Spirit, and Son, Amen

4 thoughts on “One Verb Prayers in Response to Jesus’ Journey to the Cross: Throw Over”

  1. Terry Hagen

    Thank you Eugene. I must admit I am one of those who pray with few words. I have always admired those who could pray long and eloquent prayers. You have made an important point in a single sentence. Sometimes I say many short prayers throughout the day. I think we talked about this a while ago – “Pray without ceasing.”

    1. Yes, I’m one of the longer, wordier prayers. 🙂 I hope eloquently. And yes, the shorter prayers lend themselves to praying without ceasing better.

  2. Georgie Ann Kettig

    wow! ~ love it!,… great idea!,… thank you,… (-:

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