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. — Mark 3:14

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

While there are many intriguing and fascinating thoughts in this short sentence, the one phrase that touches my heart is this one: “… that they might be with him ….” This reminds me of that great passage in Acts 4:13: “[T]hey recognized that they had been with Jesus.” Now I know that we can’t “be with” Jesus in the same way the twelve apostles were. But, we do have the four Gospels that tell his story. When was the last time you sat down and read one straight through? When was the last time you read a Gospel and asked Jesus to make himself and his will known you? Why not spend some time being with Jesus this week!

My Prayer…

Holy Father, thank you for the Scriptures. Thank you especially for the Gospels that tell the story of your Son. Please forgive me for not spending more time getting to know him better. As I recommit myself to seek after your Son, please bless me with a genuine sense of his presence and a clearer knowledge of his will. In Jesus’ holy name I pray. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@verseoftheday.com.

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