Saturday, April 9, 2022 | Mark 10: 46-52
Redemption: A Guided Prayer Exercise
Settle into your chair or a comfortable position and take a deep breath–in and out. The consistent stress in our lives, numerous demands, and many distractions can distract us from encountering God. Spend a few moments breathing. Notice your body’s rhythm; where you might be holding tension. Breath in and breath 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.
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 are might be communicating to you.
Have you ever called out to God in desperation, “have mercy on me!”? What were the motivations of people who try to silence Bartimaeus? Is the miracle of Bartimaeus alone or for everyone present? What do you want Jesus to do for you?
Reflect on this poem by George Herbert. Is our vision of God a reflection of who God truly is? What do you want Jesus to do for you?
Having been tenant long to a rich lord,
Not thriving, I resolved to be bold,
And make a suit unto him, to afford
A new small-rented lease, and cancell th’ old.
In heaven at his manour I him sought:
They told me there, that he was lately gone
About some land, which he had dearly bought
Long since on earth, to take possession.
I straight return’d, and knowing his great birth,
Sought him accordingly in great resorts;
In cities, theatres, gardens, parks, and courts:
At length I heard a ragged noise and mirth
Of theeves and murderers: there I him espied,
Who straight, Your suit is granted, said, and died.