Daily Devotion on Mark 13:5-11
Text: Mark 13:5-11
It’s one of the signs of the End Times that Jesus gave. People will be persecuted because of their faith. The walls will continue to feel like they are closing in on Christians. It won’t be easy.
Lest we fear or fret about our current situations in this country, we first must remember and give thanks for those who have endured such persecutions in the past. On this day, October 31st or Reformation Day, we take time to remember Martin Luther and the others who pioneered the Reformation of the Church.
We cannot fathom how difficult it was to face all the power and pressure of both the Roman Catholic Church and the Holy Roman Emperor. Jesus surely fulfilled his words with them:
Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
So on this day we can give thanks for those who boldly stood for the truth of God’s Word. Even facing death and disaster, Martin Luther and others proclaimed: Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise. God help me. Amen.
As much as we might face persecution and pressure these days, it certainly is not as bad as it was in days past. However, it still is difficult and challenging today. Though the persecution is slightly more subtle, it is every bit as public with media and social media today. It can quickly feel like we are surrounded with nowhere to turn.
So our prayer on this day and every day is that God continues to send us his Holy Spirit to give us strength to speak and words to share that his good news and his truth might be clearly proclaimed to all!
Prayer: Holy Spirit, Comforter and Guide, continue to fill us with strength and courage to boldly proclaim the truth of your word. Give us the words to speak when we are sharing our faith. Help us to preserve the truth of your word for ages to come. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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