Mark 6 vs 46
“After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.”
This verse is situated just after the miracle where Jesus feeds the five thousand. I can well imagine the excitement and praise and noise that must have been swirling in the air as the food just kept on multiplying. As soon as Jesus is finished feeding everyone, He takes the opportunity to slip away and pray once again.
I always wonder what He prayed for. Did He pray that the five thousand would always remember this day? That they would put their faith and trust in the God of salvation and miracles? Did He pray for his disciples? Did He pray for himself?
When He is finished praying He goes down to the water to help the disciples whose boat is in the middle of the lake and who are struggling with the strong winds. They are scared because they think Jesus is a ghost and He tells them not to be afraid. And then it says in verse 51-52:
“Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed, for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.”
Another verse that speaks of a hard heart is in Exodus 8 vs 19:
“But Pharaoh’s heart was hard and he would not listen.”
My prayer for today is for a soft heart. That I will listen to what the Lord is telling me and be changed. That I will not fear a ghost coming towards me on water, but will be expectant of being rescued and expectant for the one who can cause the winds to die down. May my heart be soft enough to trust, believe and hope free from stubbornness and doubt.