Today's devotion is based on Mark 6:29-31, "When his disciples heard of it, they came and took John the Baptist's body and laid it in a tomb. The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest awhile."
Jesus' disciples had just returned from the mission trip Jesus had sent them on. You can easily picture the disciples going on at length about their work for the kingdom, telling stories about the challenges they faced and the successes they'd found. Jesus took in every word and accepted their imperfect work gracefully. He listened because he cared. He cared about them and about what they were doing. Then he invited them to go with him to a quiet place to rest.
God's ears remain attentive to our words today. He still listens to us because he cares about us, just as Jesus did. So don't hesitate to share your joys and challenges, your frustrations and accomplishments with him in prayer.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, gracious God, creator and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen; You are never too distracted to listen or too busy to help me. Give me ears like yours that I also may patiently listen to those who are in need have someone listen to them. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen