Monday Read Mark 6:14-29
This grisly story appears now in Mark’s gospel for two reasons. First, it reminds the reader of the grave danger Jesus and his followers face. Secondly, it foreshadows Jesus’ death at the hand of the same enemy. Just as John the Baptist’s ministry prefigured the ministry of Jesus, his death prefigures the crucifixion of the Christ.
Prayer Prompt…Jesus, your enemies still hold power in the world around me. Be with me as I face…
Tuesday Read Mark 6:30-44
Jesus’ disciples find little time to rest as crowds of needy people flock to Jesus. In this beloved miracle story, 5,000 hungry folks receive food. The greater miracle resides in the fact that the disciples become conduits of grace through their obedience.
Prayer Prompt…God I want to be used to provide compassion and nourishment for a hungry world. Use me in…
Wednesday Read Mark 6: 45-52
Jesus walks on water a second time. Now his apparition strikes fear in the disciples. No storm rages or tosses the boat. This time the disciples are tossed by anxiety and fear stemming from a lack of vision. Their spiritual blindness continues despite witnessing great healing and great miracles of provision.
Prayer Prompt…God I don’t always see things clearly when it comes to your work and will. Open my eyes to see….
Thursday Read Mark 6: 53-56
Jesus popularity continues to grow. Many come to Jesus for healing and hope. The acceptance and welcome Jesus receives from ordinary people stands in sharp contrast to the resistance Jesus finds with the religious establishment in Jerusalem.
Prayer Prompt…God help me to remain open and receptive to you…especially when it comes to
Friday Read Mark 7: 1-13
The debate between Jesus and the religious leaders of Jerusalem begins. A discussion ensues about the religious laws surrounding eating and cleanliness. Jesus and his followers are accused of not following the traditions. Jesus counters by suggesting that God’s commandments extend beyond the human traditions of washing and eating.
Prayer Prompt…God your command upon my life is more than a tradition. Open my heart to that command in…