For the month March, I am studying Jesus as seen through the eyes of Mark. As a part of this study, I am also reading N.T. Wright’s book called Simply Jesus.
As I began reading in Mark, I was surprised to see how many different ways that Jesus ministered. You see Jesus actively loving people in word and deed. He confronts evil as it is manifested in people’s attitudes and in the demon world. He engages those who are sick and heals them. Jesus teaches with authority that captures people’s attention. To say the least, He is involved in heavy duty ministry that can suck the life out of you. In the midst of His ministry, you see Jesus retreat for solitude and prayer. That time in prayer is the secret of powerful and effective ministry. If our Lord needed that time, we definitely need to make time for prayer. If we want powerful and effective ministry, it will begin on our knees.