Is it not interesting that our reading from Mark’s sixth chapter begins and ends with Jesus encouraging rest and prayer? We get so busy doing God’s work that we fail to take time to relax and reflect. We get caught up in the execution that we use every excuse to get out of spending time with God in prayer. Many are doing God’s will on a daily and weekly basis; we get busy taking care of others, helping out at church, preparing Sunday school lessons, youth group lessons, Bible studies or sermons and our schedules get so full that we feel like we need to trim things from our daily routine. What suffers? The very things that we need most, the very things that support us in assisting, teaching and reaching out to others; rest, reflection on what God is doing and prayer.
The disciples just returned from the mission field with reports of all the wonderful things God was doing and what was Jesus’ response? Take time to relax a moment and reflect on what God is doing and then take time to pray. God rested on the seventh day. Jesus encouraged reflection and prayer. What is our excuse?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to take time out of our busy day to relax, to reflect on what you are doing in our lives and then come to you in prayer. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Steven King, Pastor of Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lincolnton, NC.