Daily Update from Pastor David March 24, 2020
Monday, March 24
Update & Prayer Notes
We are not in Holy Week—the last week of Christ’s life on earth. We are, in fact, a week early. But because much of the four gospels deals with just that single week of Jesus’ life, we are taking two weeks of our time to focus on the one week of Christ’s time on earth. And that last week begins with the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.
All four gospels have an account of the triumphal entry. Matthew’s begins with a statement that has always puzzled me …
1Jesus then sent two disciples, 2telling them, “Go into the village ahead of you. At once you will find a donkey tied there with her colt. Untie them and bring them to me. 3If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them at once.” —Matthew 21:1-3
When I visualize the ministry of Jesus, I never see him alone unless he’s praying. He was alone with the Samaritan woman, but only because the crowd, (his disciples), had gone into town to buy food. He was alone with Nicodemus, but only because he’s been awakened at night. Unless he separates himself from his disciples, he never appears alone.
But as he sends two of his disciples to fetch a donkey and her colt, he alludes to an unknown individual who will be satisfied in hearing only the “the Lord needs them.” For all the time you may have walked with Jesus, there are others he has met and loved and walked with about whom you know nothing.
We are on a journey shared by the entire world. They are people we don’t know, but they are known to God. So we pray. As we do, we begin with those we know, because they are closest to us. But our supplication should expand to include others whom we don’t know. Pray for those suffering with COVID-19. Pray for governing officials around the world who must make drastic decisions. Pray for health official everywhere working to find a cure, or minister to the sick. And pray for emissaries of the Saviour who can be the light and love of Christ into their countries and communities.
This morning the staff will connect to pray. The circumstances require us to meet virtually, each in our respective homes. But we will pray: for the things mentioned above. And for you, the Burnett Fellowship family.
Pastor David Booker