Christ is getting closer to the cross. This chapter will highlight a woman’s sacrifice, Peter’s failure and Christ’s obedience.
We confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is worthy of our worship and worthy of our most complete loyalty and commitment.
We pray that you would fill us with the confidence we need to be open about our faith.
We pray also for patience and perseverance in the task of sowing the word.
We pray that over time our lives would bear fruit as you intend. Let us be that good soil in which your word produces fruit, thirty, sixty and one hundredfold what we are given.
We look to you as the one who can make that happen in our lives, and we know full well it is not something that we can accomplish in and of ourselves.
7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
Teach me to ask for whatever I need from you. Sometimes I forget; sometimes I just do not bother. Sometimes I am negligent in prayer. Make the kind of person who asks, seeks and knocks. Teach me to be confident as I pray.
I know that you are good, so infinitely, incomparably good compared to me. Sometimes even I do good things for my children or for others. Why should I not be confident as I approach you with my needs?
Teach me to pray bold, confident prayers. In the very word confident I see a root implying “faith” or “trust.” Help me to have complete confidence in you.
You are good and you give good things. Make me the kind of person who prays for good things that you would be more than happy to give,
Jesus fell asleep during a storm. Contrary to what his disciples thought, there really was nothing to worry about.
Mark 4.35-41.mp3 (Jake Medlong)