April 13 Devotional

Opening Prayer: Jesus, help us to hear your call today to a life abandoned to your kingdom and your purposes. To think that you would call us to anything less than that is utter fantasy. There is no half-way with you. It is all or nothing. Help us to be “all in.” Amen.

Scripture: Mark 8:27-38

Journal: Who do you say Jesus is? Who does your life say he is?

Reflection: Looking for Jesus is an undertaking fraught with danger. As I intimated earlier, the closer you get to finding him, the higher the stakes become. He is no mere passive object to be circled and appraised like a piece of sculpture. You look at him and he looks back. You may begin the search for Jesus with your own agenda, but be warned: he has one too. As the disciples discovered, you pay a price for finding Jesus.

He may, in fact, one day turn to you, as he did those feckless first-century followers and ask, ”But you - who do you say that I am?” Then you will either have to abandon his company altogether or spend the rest of your life trying to answer that question. - Virginia Stem Owens

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Joe and Cindy Platillero proclaim the transforming presence of Jesus Christ through Biblical teaching and practical training to all who come through their doors. Their main ministry is through the Torchbearer Center where they have camps, conferences, and a small Bible School during the winter. Pray for them today as they focus on the local church and the church throughout Europe. 

InterVarsity’s vision is to see students transformed, campuses renewed, and world changers developed. They live this out by inviting unreached students into life transforming encounters with Jesus Christ and training and developing them as disciples and leaders. Pray today for the staff and volunteers as they host small group Bible studies to introduce cultural Christians and the unchurched to Jesus. 

Closing Prayer: Vindicate me, Lord, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered. Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness. …My feet stand on level ground; in the great congregation I will praise the Lord. (Psalm 26:1-3, 12)