Today I started my reading of the events Jesus went through in the days leading up to His sacrifice on Friday. Luke's accounts in Luke 19:28-44 really spoke to me. Luke describes Jesus' approach to Jerusalem and how the people were worshiping Him and honoring Him along the way. Then Jesus gets to the place where he can see the city and it says this:
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God's coming to you."
Here Jesus is in the middle of being praised, worshiped and honored, just days away from His death, and His heart still is for the city and people that have not yet discovered the Father who sent Him. Jesus' focus was always for those far from God, those that didn't get it, those that were suffering, the forgotten, left behind, marginalized, those that everyone else ignored or overlooked. Those very people that days later would yell for Him to be crucified, He wept for them!
Here is the prayer I prayed this morning:
Father, forgive me. Forgive me for not having the passion You do for those that don't know you. Forgive me for getting consumed by myself and my circumstances. Forgive me for forgetting others. Change me. Give me a heart for those that do not know you. For those that others have forgotten and overlooked. For those that I ignore. Soften my heart where it's become hard. Open my eyes where I no longer see. Let me see as You see, feel as You feel, weep as You weep. Make me more like your Son. Amen.