Week Twelve — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Life of Christ in Mark — Mark 14: 35,36


Mark 14:35, 36 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you.  Take this cup from me.  Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

Prayer:  Lord God, thank you for sending your son who would do your will to the end.

Thought for the day:  Faithfulness is a tremendous character trait.


Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.

Prayer:  Jesus, we give thanks for your willingness to become our savior

Thought for the day: The clearer your purpose is, the more likely it is to be achieved.


Isaiah 53: 4,5 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him striken by god, smitten by him, and afflicted.  But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Prayer: Lord God, from the beginning you planned to save us by the sacrifice of your son.

Thought for the day:  Sizeable costs are best disclosed in the beginning.


Philippians 2:8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!

Prayer: O God, we long to be obedient children as we see the example of Christ.

Thought for the day: Obedience to God does work out in the end.


Hebrews 5:8,9 Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, as you obeyed the Father we would obey you.

Thought for the day:  The child who obeys is most often preferred over the child who cultivates popularity.


John 18:11 Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away!  Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for following the plan of the Father.

Thought for the day: Some trials of character bring about the good of all mankind.


Matthew 6:10 Your kingdom come, our will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Prayer:  Lord God, in fear and wonder we join the prayer of Jesus in saying, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Thought for the day:  Thomas Merton said, “My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.  . . . But I believe the desire to please You does in fact please You.”

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Week Eleven — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Life of Christ in Mark — Mark 12: 43, 44


Mark 12: 43 – 44 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.  They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything – all she had to live on.

Prayer:  Lord God, you know our hearts, our minds, our circumstances as we worship you.

Thought for the day: God’s spirit of generosity is unmatched.


Deuteronomy 10:18 He [God] defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing.

Prayer:  Lord God, thank you for watching out for us when we are vulnerable and in need.

Thought for the day: To care for the needy God could be depending on you.


John 4: 23, 24 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.  God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.

Prayer:  Lord God, we would approach you in the fashion of humility and sincerity

Thought for the day: Runway designs can be an eye pleaser but not heart pleaser.


Luke 7: 14, 15 Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still.  He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!”  The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank you for the example of stopping to help the widow of Nain.

Thought for the day:  When was the last time you stopped to do a simple gesture of love?


Matthew 6:2 So when you give to the need, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men, I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.  But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret.

Prayer: Lord God, may our generosity be the blessing you intend to someone in need today.

Thought for the day: The greatest receipt you will receive for giving shall be given in heaven.


Micah 6:8 He has showed you, O man, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Prayer:  Lord God, when we are caught in the distractions of ritual, let us return to a humble relationship with you.

Thought for the day: Anyone ca act justly, love mercy, and choose to walk humbly with God.


Matthew 10: 29, 30 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

Prayer:  Lord God, we your children thank you for your watchfulness and abiding love.

Thought for the day: The songwriter said, “O yes he cares, I know he cares, his heart is touch with my grief.

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Week Ten — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Life of Christ in Mark — Mark 11: 9, 10


Mark 11: 9, 10  Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the coming kingdom our Father David! Hosanna in the highest.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we honor you as the one who fulfilled the prophesies of old.

Thought for the day: When you do God’s will, you fulfill the prophesies of God.


Luke 19: 39, 40 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell you,” he replied, “If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

Prayer:  O Lord, humbly we join the saints and angels in the praise of your Son, Jesus.

Thought for the day:  Sweet are the cheers of the winning team.


Psalm 89:28, 29 I will maintain my love to him forever, and my covenant with him will never fail.  I will establish his line forever, his throne as long as the heavens endure.

Prayer:  O God, we give thanks for your faithfulness to your promises in Christ Jesus.

Thought for the day: God’s promises require no fine print disclaimers.


Psalm 118: 25, 26  O Lord save us, O Lord, grant us success.  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, From the house of the Lord we bless you.

Prayer:  Jesus, your presence is a blessing today as it was centuries ago.

Thought for the day: The reign of Jesus today begins in our hearts.


Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Prayer:  Lord God, we never cease to be in wonder of the ways you have fulfilled your promises in Christ Jesus.

Thought for the day: To ride a colt was to act the part of the conqueror returning from battle victorious.


I Corinthians 15: 24, 25 Then the end will come when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.  For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.

Prayer: Lord God, it was ordained from long ago that Jesus should be the promised king.

Thought for the day:  In faith we are kindred of Abraham and Abraham’s promises.


Matthew 6: 10 Your kingdom come Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  

Prayer: Lord God, while the world is in turmoil this very day, we pray that your kingdom shall come.

Thought for the day: Angelic choirs sing in perfect harmony since they are fully in tune with the will of God.

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Week Nine — Verse By Verse Devotional Series — The Life of Christ in Mark — Mark 10: 14, 15


Mark 10: 14, 15 When Jesus saw this he was indignant.  He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

Prayer:  Lord God, as children we come humbly to seek your embrace

Thought for the day:  The songwriter said, “Jesus loves the little children of the world.”


Philippians 4: 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

Prayer:  Jesus, it is through your strength that we live as your disciples.

Thought for the day:  Resistance training is a form of strength training..


I Corinthians 11: 1 Follow my example as I [Paul] follow the example of Christ.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, may your footsteps be beacons to guide us in the upright path of life.

Thought for the day:  Children are the most genuine imitators in the world.


Romans 8: 24, 25 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all.  Who hopes for what he already has?  But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

Prayer:  Jesus, Son of God, as children we hope for your return.

Thought for the day:  Waiting for a sure thing is surely a pleasant game.


I Peter 1: 20, 21 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.  Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

Prayer: Lord God, your resurrection rescue of Christ inspires hope in us.

Thought for the day: In more than 2000 years no one found a body of the crucified Jesus.


Hebrews 10: 21, 22 and since we he a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

Prayer:  Lord God, covered in the blood of Jesus in wonder and in awe we draw near to you’

Thought for the day: Children sit comfortably in the lap of those they trust.


I John 3:7 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray.  He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we would behave ourselves as your children.

Thought for the day: Those who follow detours may find their destination has changed.


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Week Eight — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Life of Christ in Mark — Mark 9: 24, 25


Mark 9: 23,24 “If you can?” said Jesus.  “Everything is possible for him who believes.”  Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Prayer:  Lord God, in your strength may we overcome our moments of unbelief.

Thought for the day: Belief opens new pathways to life.


I John 4: 4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

Prayer:  Jesus, we give thanks for the Holy Spirit sent to your disciples.

Thought for the day: A single light has the power to brighten all the dark corners of a room


Titus 1:15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure.  In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.

Prayer:  Jesus, we give thanks for the purification that comes from belief in you.

Thought for the day:  Just eight drops of bleach can purify a gallon of water.


Mark 6:5, 6 He could not do many miracles there [ in Nazareth], except to lay hands on a few sick people and heal them.  He was amazed at their lack of faith.

Prayer:  Jesus, may you forgive us when our unbelief has hindered your work.

Thought for the day:  If there an Olympics event for believing, who would be in the competition?


John 11: 39, 40 “Take away the stone,” [Jesus] said.  “But Lord, “said Martha the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”

Prayer:  Jesus, we serve you that we might see the glory of God.

Thought for the day:  Our recorders need to be programmed to save and play incidents that bring glory to God.


I John 5: 4, 5 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.  Who is it that has overcome the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

Prayer: Lord God, through faith in your Son we find life that overcomes the world.

Thought for the day: To live joyfully in the world one must learn how to overcome the world in faith.


Romans 9:33 As it is written: “See I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”

Prayer:  Jesus, Son of God, we trust you as Savior of the world.

Thought for the day: Stair steps are a stationary means of transportation, they are built to get you somewhere.

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Week Seven — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Life of Christ in Mark — Mark 8: 28, 29


Mark 8:28, 29 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked.  “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Christ.”

Prayer: Lord God, we confess Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.

Thought for the day:  Confession is a lifestyle event.


Romans 10:9, 10 That is you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with the heart that you believe and are justified, and it with the mouth that you confess and are saved.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, with our lips, our hearts, our lives we give you praise.

Thought for the day:  From the seed of belief the confession sprouts, and from the sprout of confession grows the tree of a disciple’s life.


I Timothy 6:13, 14 In the sight of God who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to kept his commandment without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, when you stood before Pilate you said it was so; you said you were the king.

Thought for the day:  Like a gentle rain clearing the air, a good confession can purify the spirit.


I John 4:15, 16  If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.  And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

Prayer:  Lord God, we give thanks for the Holy Spirit you have sent to live in us.

Thought for the day: The songwriter said, “Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.”


Psalm 19:14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Prayer:  Lord God, may our lips ever praise and honor you.

Thought for the day:  Do you suppose that people mean what they say when they say “O-my-god”?


Matthew 10:32, 33 [Jesus said,] “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.  But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.

Prayer: Jesus, Son of God, in word and in deed we would confess you before the world.

Thought for the day:  The good confession is good for the soul – your soul and the soul of others.


Philippians 2:10, 11 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Prayer:   Jesus, we confess in humility what all must come to confess, that you are Lord of all.

Thought for the day:  The perfect sacrifice of a perfect life deserves the perfect honor.

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Week Six — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Life of Christ in Mark — Mark 6: 41,42


Mark 6: 41, 42 Taking the five loaves and two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves.  The he gave them to his disciples to set before the people.  He also divided the two fish among them all.  They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. 

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we give thanks for your abundant supply for those who hunger.

Thought for the day:  Sometimes leftovers are the best part of the mea.


2 Kings 4:43, 44 “How can I set this before a hundred men?” his servant asked. But Elisha answered, “Give it to the people to eat.  For this is what the Lord says: ‘They will eat and have some left over.”  Then he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord.

Prayer:  Lord God, we give thanks for all your servants who have fed us with the word of God.

Thought for the day: God is not a stingy giver.


Exodus 1: 14, 15 When the dew was gone, then flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor.  When the Israelites saw it they said to each other, “What is it?” For the did not know what it was.

Prayer:  Lord God, we give thanks for your faithful day-by-day provisions for our lives.

Thought for the day:  The Israelites in the wilderness survived well on a high fiber and carbohydrate diet.


Joshua 5: 11, 12 The day after the Passover, that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land, unleavened bread and roasted grain.  The manna stopped the day after they ate this food from the land, there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate of the produce of Canaan.

Prayer:  Lord God, we give thanks for the strength and the opportunity to feed our households.

Thought for the day:  The Israelites learned there was a time for handouts and a time for handouts to cease.


Psalm 104: 27, 28 These all look to you to give them their food at the proper time.  When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things.

Prayer: Lord God, we marvel that in this vast world you created you have given nourishment to all your creatures.

Thought for the day: Litter and pollution is a concern for all God’s creatures.


Revelation 2:17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.  To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna.  I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on in it, known only to him who receives it.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, in a world that tries our faith we turn to you for life-giving sustenance.

Thought for the day:  What do you suppose happened to the jar of manna that Moses placed in the ark of the covenant? 


John 6:36 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life.  He who comes to me will ever go hungry and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, in you our deepest longings are satisfied.

Thought for the day:  The next time you have a spiritual snack attack try reading the Bible.

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