A Season of Transition, a Season of Prayer — Please join us each day at 11:30 a.m. in offering a personal but collective prayer for our congregation. Today’s focus for prayer is: Our Harvest Center volunteers, who prepare and serve meals, tutor, and lead devotions for our neighbors in need.
Scripture: Mark 6:1-13
Key Verses: Mark 6:7-13
7 He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8 He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; 9 but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. 10 He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. 11 If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” 12 So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. 13 They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
Reflection: It is interesting how Jesus sort of stripped down the disciples before he sent them out on their mission. It’s as if he didn’t want them to be over-prepared. He sent them out a little bit needy and dependent on others.
Sometimes it’s possible to overshoot the runway. If we over-think it, over-prepare for it, we can miss our dependency upon the Holy Spirit for something to happen. We just do it ourselves. When Jesus sent these people out he empowered them but he also ordered them to “take nothing for their journey” except for a staff, sandals and one tunic. No bread, no bag, no money. That’s either odd or it’s brilliant. (I’m going to go with brilliance since it was Jesus.) The church can have too many resources and not enough dependency on God. Give us the task and we will do it. Tell us the goal and we will reach it. It’s a blessing and a curse.
I’m not sure how we can do this, but is there a way for us to be the church and at the same time to “take nothing for our journey?” Something to pray about.
Prayer: Lord, I don’t think you need me to fix anything or to do anything. I don’t think you are looking for me to impress you with my goodness or my abilities. It’s a miracle that you’re even aware of me, but I’m aware of you and I’m in need of you for the very breath I’m getting ready to draw. Help me to cultivate my dependency upon you and receive my thanks and praise. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Author: Steve Eason
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].