“THE WORDS OF JESUS IN THE GOSPEL OF MARK
We are so glad you are joining us for these daily prayer devotionals as together we seek the heart of our God. Over the coming weeks, we will focus on some of the most meaningful words of our savior Jesus Christ from the book of Mark, as we follow his journey with his disciples on the path toward the cross. Our journey of prayer and fasting will culminate on Easter Sunday as we celebrate His resurrection, declaring victory over sin, death and shame.
Each devotion will take less than ten minutes of your time.
- We will Engage the Word – looking at some of Jesus’ words in their biblical context.
- We will Connect the Heart – considering a truth that is applicable to our lives.
- We will Reflect on the Truth, asking a number of questions each day that invite us to look and listen with intent.
- And we will Depend on the Spirit – We will pray, for it is in praying that we learn to pray. And it is in praying that the Spirit changes our hearts.
We want to encourage you to grab a journal or a notebook – something to write on as you walk through each prayer guide. Yes, it will add a few minutes to the time it takes to do the devotion, and it will also deepen your experience and shape your walk with God for years to come. This journal or notebook will be a keepsake to remind you of God’s faithfulness during this challenging season for all of us.
Engage the Word
18 As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him.
19 And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”
20 And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.
Connect the Heart
A few days ago we prayed about letting our lights shine. In this passage we have one example of what that means in the lives of Christians, making Jesus the hero of our stories. Jesus has just saved (literally) a man who now wants to hang out with Jesus and follow along. Jesus tells him instead to “go” and tell his story. And what happens when he does tell his story? “Everyone marveled” in the city, possibly bringing more followers to the Christ, the light of the world. We aren’t called to just follow Jesus by going to church and worshipping. We are called to become disciples who make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20).
Reflect on the Truth
- If Jesus told you to go tell your friends how much the Lord has done for you, what story would you tell?
2. Consider for a moment your life’s journey so far. How has Jesus impacted your life at the low points and at the high points?
3. Are you willing to share your Jesus-story, your light, with others? Consider why or why not. What’s holding you back?
4. Remember our 2021 initiative “Every1one”. Is there one person you could impact with the hope of your story or encourage with the love of Christ?
Depend on the Spirit
Pray for the Holy Spirit to bring to mind people who need to hear your Jesus story. Pray for the courage to tell them and to help you proclaim your faith and share the light with those in your community who need Jesus as the hero of their lives.