Today is the 2nd day of Lent, a 40 day season of spiritual reflection, repentance, and renewal. During these 40 days we’ll explore the prayer life of Jesus, walking chronologically through every mention of Jesus’ prayer life and prayers in the Gospels.
Here is today’s prayer event: 32That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. 33And the whole city was gathered together at the door. 34And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. 35And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. 36And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, 37and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” 38And he said to them, “let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” 39And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons. (Mark 1:32-39 ESV)
The “whole city” shows up at the door of Peter’s home–an endless line of the sick and oppressed. Jesus heals and cleanses them, but apparently not all of them. Because the next morning “everyone is looking” for Jesus. Yet just as they draw near to Jesus, Jesus retreats away from them. Jesus trades “activity” for “receptivity.” He stops giving so that he might start receiving–guidance, power, perspective, discernment–from the Father through prayer.
There are times when the spiritual life must be about receptivity, not activity. Prayer makes this possible. There are times when prayer is more about getting rather than giving. How is the balance between receptivity and activity in your spiritual life? Spend a few quite moments right now to receive something from the Father in prayer.
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