A Daily Prayer based on Mark 10:32-52 for 11/25/2014

Lord Jesus, I pray in your name that you will stir in my heart and in the hearts of ______________________ to seek greatness in your kingdom. May we recognize that greatness in your kingdom comes at a price, and that we must drink the cup you drank and be baptized with the baptism you were baptized with, a cup and a baptism of rejection, betrayal, and ridicule. May we trust you, Father, to elevate us in the time and to the place of your choosing. I pray too that we will recognize that in your kingdom those who lead are not to lord it over others, as those who are regarded as rulers in the world often do. Instead may we see that whoever wants to become great must be a servant, and whoever wants to be first must be a slave of all. Grant us both a deep desire to become great in your kingdom and a matching desire to serve others. May we follow the path of servanthood in our pursuit of greatness. Remind us that even you did not come to be served but to serve, and to give your life as a ransom for many. Lord, we see in your healing of the blind man that even though you were the Son of David, the son of a king, you made time for the son of Timaeus, the son of a nobody. You made time for him, showed him mercy, and ministered to his need. May we imitate your example by showing the same love for those around us whom the world considers unimportant, and for those who can do nothing for us in return. Amen. Mark 10:32-52 Jesus Again Predicts His Death 32They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again he took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to him. 33"We are going up to Jerusalem," he said, "and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, 34who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise." The Request of James and John 35Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. "Teacher," they said, "we want you to do for us whatever we ask." 36"What do you want me to do for you?" he asked. 37They replied, "Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory." 38"You don't know what you are asking," Jesus said. "Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?" 39"We can," they answered. Jesus said to them, "You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, 40but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared." 41When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. 42Jesus called them together and said, "You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight 46Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" 48Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" 49Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." So they called to the blind man, "Cheer up! On your feet! He's calling you." 50Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. 51"What do you want me to do for you?" Jesus asked him. The blind man said, "Rabbi, I want to see." 52"Go," said Jesus, "your faith has healed you." Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

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Never before in the history of our country has America faced a moral crisis like the one before us today. The foundations of our government are crumbling right before our eyes. Our churches are abandoning God, our families are in shambles. There is only one hope for restoration - the Lord Jesus Christ. If we are to see restoration, it will come only by the grace of God's mercy. We have the assurance of Scripture that "if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us" (1 John 5:14). There is no better way to pray according to the will of God than by praying his own word back to him. These daily prayers are crafted, as much as possible, to incorporate the very words of the Scripture.

About Bryan Fischer

 Bryan Fischer pastored for 25 years and served as the chaplain of the Idaho state senate before becoming a part of the AFA family.