Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him, saying, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” (Mark 10:35)
Jesus, please help us come to you seeking your desires; help us repent of coming to you as though you were our servant. You came to serve and yet you are Lord of lords and King of kings.
And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:36)
Jesus, thank you for hearing us out.
They said to him, “Grant us that we may sit, one on your right hand and the other on your left, in your glory.” (Mark 10:37)
Holy Spirit, please guide us in our desires. Refine us so that we desire for ourselves what you desire for us. Set us free from self-seeking ambition.
But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” (Mark 10:38 )
Father, we usually don’t understand the consequences of what we ask for: help us desire for ourselves what you desire for us.
They said to him, “We are able.” (Mark 10:39a)
Jesus, I will only be able to do what you want me to do if you continue to fill me anew with the power of your Holy Spirit.
So Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized;” (Mark 10:39b)
Jesus, you were baptized with water and the Holy Spirit at the Jordan River, and you received the Holy Spirit without measure. Please baptized us afresh and prepare our hearts and minds for all that lies ahead. Thank you.
“but to sit on my right hand and on my left is not mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared.” (Mark 10:40)
Father, please prepare our hearts for whatever role you have for us in your kingdom. Thank you.
And when the ten heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John. But Jesus called them to himself and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:41-45)
Holy Spirit, please help us throughout this diocese to lay aside self-seeking, jealousy, and resentment of one another. Help us daily come to Jesus in true humility and help us lay aside our agendas for his. Thank you.
Friday: 141, 143:1-11(12); Exodus 9:13-35; 2 Corinthians 4:1-12; Mark 10:32-45
Saturday: 42, 43; Exodus 10:21-11:8; 2 Corinthians 4:13-18; Mark 10:46-52