Lent Devotion Day 5

Source: International Christian Churches : "LENT: With ONE  Voice"

It is difficult to find a time and place to be still, a place to reflect, a place to seek communion with God. In these verses, we have a reminder of the daily pressures on the Lord Jesus as the sick thronged around him for healing and his disciples brought their own agenda based on power and popularity. Jesus, however, withdrew to a solitary place for communion with his Father in prayer. Here he refocused on the priority of his mission, preaching the good news of the Kingdom of God. ‘That is why I have come.’ We need to develop a similar rhythm for our daily lives - involvement, withdrawal and refocusing. Without this time for withdrawal and refocusing, we get carried along by all the hectic activities and demands that threaten to sweep us away with the crowds. With a healthy rhythm of involvement and withdrawal, we can keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.

Mark 1:29-39 The Message (MSG)
29-31 Directly on leaving the meeting place, they came to Simon and Andrew’s house, accompanied by James and John. Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed, burning up with fever. They told Jesus. He went to her, took her hand, and raised her up. No sooner had the fever left than she was up fixing dinner for them.
32-34 That evening, after the sun was down, they brought sick and evil-afflicted people to him, the whole city lined up at his door! He cured their sick bodies and tormented spirits. Because the demons knew his true identity, he didn’t let them say a word.
The Leper
35-37 While it was still night, way before dawn, he got up and went out to a secluded spot and prayed. Simon and those with him went looking for him. They found him and said, “Everybody’s looking for you.”
38-39 Jesus said, “Let’s go to the rest of the villages so I can preach there also. This is why I’ve come.” He went to their meeting places all through Galilee, preaching and throwing out the demons.

• What is the main purpose of my involvement with the people around me?
• How can I ensure time for withdrawal from my involvement with people?
• How can I keep a clear focus in my own daily walk with God?

Father, help me in my involvement with people. Make me an agent of healing and reconciliation among the people that crowd my daily life. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for the privilege of having quality time alone with you. Holy Spirit, keep me from drifting
and from being carried along by the crowds. Help me to keep my focus on Jesus,
day by day.