Week Three — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Life of Christ in Mark — Calling Disciples — Mark 3:13, 14


Mark 3:13, 14 Jesus went up on a mountain and called to him those he wanted ad they came to him.  He appointed twelve – designating them apostles – that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, in your great wisdom, love, and mercy you have called us to share your message.

Thought for the day: If Jesus could use a loud-mouth fisher, a tax collector, and a political activist; then he can use you to send his message.


Luke 6:12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.  When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we covet your prayers for our service for you.

Thought for the day:  When we anoint our decisions with prayer, we receive the assurance that God shall lead us forward.


Jeremiah 1: 4, 5 The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.

Prayer: Lord God, you called us into being that we might live in service to you.

Thought for the day:  We all were God’s test-tube babies.


Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Prayer:  Lord God, thought this world may be a great mystery, we know you call us and we love you.

Thought for the day: When we find our God-given calling the world will fall into place.


Galatians 1:15, 16 But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man.

Prayer: Lord God, we are trusting your word and your Spirit to lead us as no other can.

Thought for the day:  More times than not our own prayerful counsel can lead us closer to God.


I Peter 5: 10, 11 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong firm and steadfast.  To him be the power for every and ever. Amen.

Prayer:  Lord God, may we never lose sight of the eternal glory in Christ that awaits us if we remain faithful.

Thought for the day:  The songwriter said, “When by his grace I shall look on his face, that will be glory for me.”


2 Peter 1:10 Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure.  For if you do these things you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, may we in word and deed confirm your calling.

Thought for the day:  The winning ticket to the lottery jackpot that remains unclaimed is of no greater value than the loosing ticket.

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