The Gospel of Mark records the story of a man who did things differently than we often do. He went to Jesus right away. When we experience pain or hurt, we turn to doctors and pharmacists. After all, they have remedies for much of what ails us. But we all experience pain and hurt—physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual—that are beyond the scope of science. We need Jesus. In all things, we are to come to Jesus, because He brings healing we can’t imagine. We can trust Jesus to take care of us.
Constantly. There are certain things that are always on our minds—maybe it’s the urge to check our social media accounts. There are certain back-of-my-mind things that never stop nagging, such as the project that’s due at work. There are certain tasks that, no matter how often we do them, perpetually require attention…laundry, anyone?
The Bible teaches that there is at least one more reality that should be a constant in our lives—prayer! We are to be so closely connected with Jesus that we remain in continual contact with Him. We’re to be so deeply dependent upon Him that prayer is as natural an expression of our spiritual lives as breathing is to our bodies. Why is it, then, that prayer is often a “last resort,” even for those who are long-time followers. Today, ask yourself, “How would I characterize my prayer life? What truly prompts me to turn to Jesus?”
- As you prepare to teach students about what it means to depend on Jesus, ask God to help you live in full dependence upon Him. We may, at times, turn other places, but Jesus is the One who truly provides for us, and we should live at all times—constantly—in dependence upon and fellowship with Him.
Share the One Conversation with parents to prepare them for further family discussions.