Saturday, Fifth Week of Epiphany February 13, 2021

Prayer Pointers: For persistence in prayer

To be able to see and give thanks for God’s work in life

Today’s text: Mark 10:46-52

MASTER LET ME RECEIVE MY SIGHT! The blind Bartimaeus is famous to generations of campers who have sung songs about him crying out to Jesus. His persistence is the key here—he dogs Jesus even after the crowd tells him to hush. He will not be thwarted but is the living example of Jesus’ parable about the widow pestering a judge to give her justice.

Martin Luther encouraged persistence in prayer. God’s command or invitation to us pray and His promise to hear our prayers is the good soil for our confidence to grow. God is faithful and his faithfulness produces confidence in us— maybe even a Bartimaean brazenness. As Luther wrote in his Large Catechism: You can hold such promises up to him and say, “Here I come, dear Father, and pray not of my own accord nor because of my own worthiness, but at your commandment and promise, which cannot fail or deceive me.”

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.