Day 2 – Monday – Cleansing the Temple

Monday, March 25th

Devotional written by Shawn Thornton, Senior Pastor



In our journey of faith, it’s essential to cleanse our lives of distractions that keep us from truly worshipping God.

Read Mark 11:15-28


In the bustling modern world, distractions abound. Just as Jesus entered the temple and cleared it of things that detracted from its purpose as a house of prayer, we are also called to examine our own temples—the temples of our hearts—and remove those things that hinder our relationship with God.

It’s easy to let the clutter of our daily lives, desires, and worries take up residence in our hearts, turning them from sacred spaces into distractions. These distractions may not be inherently bad like the business of the temple was not inherently wrong, but when they occupy the space meant for God, they become barriers to our spiritual growth and worship.

As we continue in the solemnity and reflection of Holy Week, let’s take this time to identify and clear out the distractions in our lives. Whether it’s excessive worry about worldly matters, unhealthy habits, or misplaced priorities, now is the time to refocus on what truly matters: our relationship with God.


Lord, as I reflect on the cleansing of the temple, I recognize the distractions that have taken up residence in my heart. Help me, Lord, to clear out these distractions and make more room for You. Guide me to focus on what is truly important—worshipping You with a pure heart and a dedicated spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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