Saturday, Fourth Week of Epiphany February 6, 2021

Prayer Pointers:

For steadfastness in prayer

For those who are struggling for deeper faith

Today’s text: Mark 9:14-29

THIS DAILY DEVOTION IS in part an invitation to prayer, hoping that you, the reader, will be encouraged in your prayer life.

Like the father pleading with Jesus, we must also acknowledge our lack of faith, and further acknowledge that such a situation affects our ability to pray. What to say? How to say it? Why to say it? We are all those who, from our perspective, are reduced to “if you can do anything…”

But do not let that tepid and uncertain attitude of the heart stop you! Begin there—begin in the recognition that deep down inside you see that nothing can be done, and you, I, we are helpless—nothing can be done. But wonder of wonders, that is where true prayer is rooted: “I am helpless, I am trapped, I cannot even generate the ‘right faith,’ the ‘right attitude;’ I am not EVEN SURE THAT I WANT TO do so!”

It is in that moment that God hears and takes action in our very helplessness. All things are possible with him! If you have nothing else, nothing worth praying over, then give over your helplessness and let God be God!

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


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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824 North Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27701 | 919-682-6030  |

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.