Lenten Devotional: March 19 | Mark 5:1-20

Saturday, March 19, 2022 | Mark 5:1-20

Identity: A Guided Prayer Exercise

Breathe

Settle into your chair or a comfortable position and take a deep breath–in and out. The consistent stress and numerous demands in our lives can distract us from encountering God. Spend a few moments breathing. Notice your body’s rhythm; sense where you might be holding tension. Breathe in and breathe out, releasing those muscles. Release that tension, stress, or worry to Jesus. If to-do lists, concerns for the day, anxiety, or responsibilities fill your mind in the silence, offer them up as a prayer asking Jesus to hold all those things and draw near to you. 

Meditate

When you are ready, read today’s passage from the Gospel of Mark. If any words or phrases stand out to you, jot them down in your journal or pause and sit with them for a few moments. Ask the Lord what they might be communicating to you. 

What reality does Mark describe of the man Jesus and the disciples immediately meet? How would you describe him? How would his neighbors describe him? Why were the neighbors so afraid to see him healed–so afraid they asked Jesus to leave? 

Pray

Reflect on this painting by artist Chris Cook. Notice we only see the face of Jesus. The person being touched, being healed could be anyone. If Jesus were to ask you today, “what is your name,” how would you answer? 

Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated unto you; and then use us, we pray, as you will, and always to your glory and the welfare of your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

© “Mark 5:1-20” by Chris Cook, http://chriscookartist.com/spiritual.html