So often on this website we have prayed for one another as we have faced huge storms.
The love we have developed for one another has
made us cry out in desperation for one another.
In Mark 5, we see that desperation before Jesus repeatedly.
So our symbol for the week is a desperate man on his knees.
In Mark 5, desperation drove:
a demon-possed man,
the father of a dying daughter,
and a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years,
to fall at the feet of Jesus, pleading for mercy.
Mark 5 also shows us the importance of patience,
which is a real test when you are desperate,
for we wonder why a loving God would delay.
Having just been ministering in prison for a week, I must
tell you how impressed I am with the women who have been denied furlough after furlough when their cause seems just.
So many still have joy, still trust God’s sovereignty, and still pray with fervor.
We went to Death Row — one of the women has been taken up by the Innocence Project for new evidence reveals she truly may have been falsely accused of murder. Yet for over a decade she has trusted, waited, and leaned on God’s sovereignty. She is in a cell 23 hours of each day — yet the woman I met was filled with joy. (All of the women on Death Row have come to Christ through Discipleship Unlimited.)
Waiting is a real test, a test we want to pass!
Highlight from Last Week
I was reminded how storms shake our world and reveal the futility of our idols. Our dear Rebecca is going through an enormous storm now, but she is such a model to me of speaking truth to her soul. She wrote:
Lord, I cry out to you for help! I confess the years I found satisfaction in human love as ultimate over your love. I believed the lies from my idols and didn’t see this inside me until your waves and breakers swept over me. How much longer in this body of sin that so easily wanders away from your love will I endure? Thank you that with each necessary battle you are making me more like you. Lord you say my eyes are like a Doves eyes and that I am your princess all gloriously wrapped in your clothing as you are taking my sin and turning it around to make me more like you. Help me to turn from my sin faster because I don’t want rocks in the stream of intimacy with you. Thank you for bringing me into the dance giving me your Holy Spirit to convict and empower me to turn. Help me today to keep my thoughts on you and not believe what the enemy whispers to me. Thank you that you are bringing my life up from the pit. In your name I pray, amen.
Pray for Rebecca! God has given us wonderful answers here as together we plead for mercy!
- What stands out to you from the above and why?
- Share a time, if possible, when you were desperate but also waited with trust and He came to you.
Monday: A Demon-Possessed Man Ran and Fell at His Feet
3. Read Mark 5:1-6 and describe in detail the state of this man and his response to Jesus.
Keller does not cover this incident, but Matthew Henry (always available for free online) gives great insight. He said God says, “Do thyself no harm.” (Acts 16:28) but Satan says “Do thyself all the harm thy canst.” Demons, as they often do, drive us into isolation (woe to him who is alone) or into evil company.
4. We are in the 7th week of this study, are you keeping up? Is the fellowship of your sisters here helping? If so, give thanks.
5. Read Mark 5:7-10 and describe the interaction between the legion of demons and Jesus. What do you learn about demons? Find all you can.
6. Read Mark 5:11-20
A. Summarize what happens in this passage.
B. Matthew Henry says that pigs, who like to dwell in mire, are fit habitations for demons
or for those who are loath to quit their sin. Comment?
C. Meditate on the response of the people in both verse 15 and 17. What do you see?
7. Use this story as a springboard for prayer — especially for yourself if you are “loath to quit
your sin” or for those who may be either possessed or tormented by demons.
Tuesday: Jairus Fell at His Feet Pleading for His Daughter
8. Read Mark 5:21-36
A. Summarize in a few sentences what happened.
B. How do you think Jairus felt when Jesus stopped to help the woman? What does Jesus
tell him to do in verse 36?
9. Is there an area in your life where the Lord is asking you to wait and trust Him? If so, do
you want to share it here and ask for patience and trust?
Wednesday: She Fell at His Feet, Trembling with Fear
10. Read again Mark 5:24-34
A. What details stand out to you in this story and why?
B. What common threads do you see in the above 3 stories of desperate people?
11. Read Chapter 5 in Keller’s book up to “What We Really Need” and share a few thoughts
you want to remember.
12. Is there an application to your life you could turn to prayer?
Thursday: “Why all this commotion and wailing?”
13. Read Mark 5:37-42
A. Describe what happens in this scene.
B. Do you see any similarity to the scene of Jesus stopping the storm? If so, what?
C. Is there a way you could use this scene as a springboard for prayer? If so, do it.
14. Read the section “What We Really Need” in Keller’s book and share what stands out to you
Friday: If I have you by the hand, death is nothing but sleep
15. Read the final two sections in Chapter 6 of Keller’s book and share what stands out to you
16. Is there a way God is working in your life through Mark’s gospel? If so, share to encourage
Saturday: Review and Reflection
17. Is there a question you’d like to ask of the group that came from this study?
18. Share what you think you will still remember about Mark 5 a year from now.