Reflection for 24hour prayer time 26/27 January
I read these thoughts from John Piper this week and in light of our situation re a pastor, I thought they were helpful. They are a reflection based on Mark 8.
Jesus has fed the 5,000 (with 12 baskets of leftovers) and then sometime later another 4,000, this time with 7 baskets of leftovers. After feeding the 4,000 He gets into a boat with the disciples and heads across the lake. But the disciples have only brought 1 loaf with them, despite the 7 basketfuls that were left.
Jesus warns them in the boat to avoid the yeast of the Pharisees and Herod. He is talking about not allowing the values of the world take hold in their lives, rather to keep looking to God. But they don’t get His point as they are more interested in filling their stomachs.
Jesus asks them “why are you still discussing bread, why don’t you understand? Are your hearts hardened?”
Jesus then again reminds them of His provision for them in his 2 previous miracles; 12 extra baskets, 1 for each of the disciples after 5000 were fed, and 7 extra after the 4000, 7 being the number of abundant completeness.
Jesus message to them is when you were taking care of others – distributing the bread, I was also taking care of you, by providing abundantly for your needs.
As we continue to seek a pastor, let us remember that God is not putting His work in Stranraer and district on hold. He is still providing abundantly for us, and expecting us to be active in service for Him looking out for and supporting each other and also reaching in to our community and taking the opportunities He is increasingly providing, to share with the people in our town, young and old, the Good News that God loves them and Christ died for them.
As you take time out to pray today, ask God
• To help keep your eyes focused on Him
• To accept your praise for all His goodness and provision for us
• To help us see the opportunities to care for others, physically, emotionally, materially and spiritually.