Saturday, May 28, 2016

prayer diary Saturday 28 May 2016

'The chief priests and the scribes and the elders ... said to him, "By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?' 
Mark 11. 27,28

Reflection:
Jesus' authority should have been evident to these men. As he so often said, if they could not believe his word, then they should have believed his deeds. But then, as now, there are none so deaf as those who will not hear, nor blind as will not see.

Friday, May 27, 2016

prayer diary Friday 27 May 2016

'And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against any one; so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.' 
Mark 11.25

Reflection
Forgiving those who have wronged us is not easy, especially when they are unrepentant. But it is something Christ commands us to do if we are to be forgiven our own sins.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Obama on the block!

So, it is apparently now an open secret that the Obamas are to rent a mansion in a salubrious Washington suburb when the president leaves office. An interesting fact about the location is that there is an Islamic Centre on the same block. You just know that the conspiracy theorists who have been claiming for years that the soon to be former president has been a closet Muslim all along are going to have a field day with that one! 

prayer diary Thursday 26 May 2016

'A blind beggar … when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" 
Mark 10. 46,47

Reflection
Often in Scripture the blind can recognise Jesus for who he is; while those who see do not. It is indeed far worse than physical blindness to be spiritually lacking in sight.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

prayer diary Wednesday 25 May 2016

'You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them … but whoever would be great among you must be your servant.' 
Mark 10.42,43

Reflection:
Humility is the greatest of all Christian virtues. And it's opposite, pride, is therefore the greatest of all vices.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

prayer diary Tuesday 24 May 2016

'Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left ... (everything) for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time … with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.' 
Mark 10. 29, 30

Reflection
The cost of discipleship is great. But the rewards are greater still.

Monday, May 23, 2016

prayer diary Monday 23 May 2016

'Go, sell what you have ..., and come, follow me.' At that saying his countenance fell, and he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions. 
Mark 10. 21,22

Reflection
We all have need of the things of this life. But woe unto us if we let them become more important to us than following Christ.