Following Jesus

Prayers for the Yes

Dear Father in heaven, we praise your holy name. You lead us in the path of righteousness and give us abundant life. We thank you.

We pray that you could care for our ministry in Heidelberg. And we pray that our brothers and sisters could grow spiritually and press on to know the Lord.

We also pray for the supporters of CBM, especially during the pandemic. People’s lives are changed and that influences their financial support for the ministry. May you provide for your children more so in this difficult time. May you bless the work of CBM all around the world.

I pray for my wife Gao Ming. Her expected delivery date is at the end of March. Help us to navigate parenthood to two kids. Guide us and strengthen us as we care for the newborn baby and our 2 year-old daughter Muling as well. Help Ming to find rest as she recovers after giving birth. Please give us strength so that we can deal with all the changes.

We believe that Lord you will give us all we need. And we can only look upon you and entrust everything to you. As it says in Mark 8:34-38, we pray for strength, favour and grace as we take up our cross to follow you.

In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

The Yes.

Meet Yuanchuan and Ming

Special Prayer for Myanmar

I would like to invite you to pray for Myanmar. It has been 23 days since the coup and political unrest started in Myanmar. Today is the largest protest ever since February 1. As the tension between the military and the people is rising, so is the danger. The safety of people is worrisome. There is no constructive communication – only anger and attacking each other. People are trying to be heard by the world and seeking help from other countries but we put our hope in God. We pray and wait for God’s will to be done. We need you to pray for Myanmar. Pray for safety and peace for the country. May this unrest be over very soon.

Lilian Yang
Thailand National Field Staff

Ideas for engaging practices

Throughout his ministry, Jesus would withdraw from people and daily life activities – into solitude with his Father. He did it as he began his ministry, as he made important decisions, as he discipled, as he dealt with the emotions that came with his work, and as a form of self-care. (Mark 1:16, Mark 2:13, Mark 6:46, Luke 6:12:13, Matthew 14:13)

Do as Jesus did and practice being in solitude for a short period of time to just BE with God. Dedicate 30 minutes to an hour to silence and solitude. Choose a place where you can be away from people. It can be your closet, the basement, the bathroom, your car. With nothing but your Bible or a notebook and a pen. No podcasts, no online sermons, no music. Just your thoughts and God.

Worship resources

Worship on the road through Lent with former CBM Strategic Associate Cheryl Bear’s song “Yeshua” from her album, “The Good Road”.

Mark 8:31-38

The Message

Jesus warned them to keep it quiet, not to breathe a word of it to anyone. He then began explaining things to them: “It is necessary that the Son of Man proceed to an ordeal of suffering, be tried and found guilty by the elders, high priests, and religion scholars, be killed, and after three days rise up alive.” He said this simply and clearly so they couldn’t miss it.

But Peter grabbed him in protest. Turning and seeing his disciples wavering, wondering what to believe, Jesus confronted Peter. “Peter, get out of my way! Satan, get lost! You have no idea how God works.”

Calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? What could you ever trade your soul for?

“If any of you are embarrassed over me and the way I’m leading you when you get around your fickle and unfocused friends, know that you’ll be an even greater embarrassment to the Son of Man when he arrives in all the splendor of God, his Father, with an army of the holy angels.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

To be silent does not mean to be inactive; rather it means to breathe in the will of God, to listen attentively and be ready to obey.

Henri Nouwen

In order to understand the meaning of solitude, we must first unmask the ways in which the idea of solitude has been distorted by our world. We say to each other that we need some solitude in our lives. What we really are thinking of, however, is a time and place for ourselves in which we are not bothered by other people, can think our own thoughts, express our own complaints, and do our own thing, whatever it may be. For us, solitude most often means privacy. We have come to the dubious conviction that we all have a right to privacy. Solitude thus becomes like a spiritual property for which we can compete on the free market of spiritual goods. But there is more. We also think of solitude as a station where we can recharge our batteries, or as a corner of the boxing ring where our wounds are oiled, our muscles massaged, and our courage restored by fitting slogans. In short, we think of solitude as a place where we gather new strength to continue the ongoing competition of life.

But that is not the solitude of St. John the Baptist, of St. Anthony or St. Benedict, of Charles de Foucauld or the brothers of [the] Taizé [Community]. For them solitude is not a private therapeutic place. Rather, it is the place of conversion, the place where the old self dies and the new self is born, the place where the emergence of the new man and the new woman occurs.

Ruth Haley Barton

Not only does the love of God come to us in solitude, the love of God begins to pour through us to others. This is a very different kind of productivity and only God can bring it forth.