For The Lord | Daily Lent Devotion

For The Lord | Daily Lent Devotion

For The Lord

Daily Devotion for Lent | Saturday, March 16

For The Lord. Lent Devotion. People of the Passion. Immanuel Lutheran Church. Joplin, Missouri.

And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” And they said, “The Lord has need of it.”

Luke 19:33-34

“The Lord has need of it.” What a beautiful message Jesus sent to the donkey’s owner that first Palm Sunday! No wonder the donkey’s owner let the disciples take it immediately. Wouldn’t you, if Jesus sent a message like that? What an honor to do anything for Him!

When I was a teenager, I was the one who wound up doing most of the dishes for our church’s soup suppers during Lent. You’d find me in the kitchen, up to my armpits in suds— washing box after box of dusty glass communion cups first, and then stack upon stack of white china bowls as they came in from the tables. And the spoons! (We had a pretty high attendance.)

Doing dishes is not my favorite thing. Ask my family if you doubt it. But this time was different—because it was for the Lord. “The Lord has need of it.” Well, if you put it that way, how can I refuse? Why would I want to?

Now that I’m older, I hear that voice more clearly—as I suspect you do too. Care for a sick child? Take the car in for repairs? Help somebody with their taxes? “The Lord has need of it.” Yes, indeed, He does, because “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these My brothers, you did it to Me” (Matthew 25:40).


Lord, help me to see and recognize the opportunities You give me to serve You and Your people. Amen.


  • What is a small thing you do for the Lord’s sake, to serve Him?
  • What is the strangest thing you can recall doing for His sake?
  • What are some specific ways the Lord has served you—besides His dying and rising again for you?

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PEOPLE OF THE PASSION Lenten Devotions 2019

Centuries before Christ, God was preparing the way for His Son’s arrival. From mankind’s original sin through the children of Israel’s on-again, off-again obedience, God was faithful, honoring His promise to Eve (Genesis 3:15), which first pointed to Jesus. In People of the Passion, we see God working through the lives of ordinary people to achieve His ultimate aim: our salvation. There are prophets, priests, and kings, servants, soldiers, and civilians—each with a role in the high drama of Christ’s passion. Readers may see themselves in some of these people—ordinary individuals who, like us, need a Savior.

Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) is a Christian outreach ministry supporting churches worldwide in its mission of Bringing Christ to the Nations—and the Nations to the Church.