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A Day with Jesus

By Bill Bowles

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”

Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.

Mark 1:35-39

Key Ideas

  • The morning meeting with God
  • The demands of people
  • The urgency of Jesus’ preaching

Action step

Make time for moments in your busy day to collect your thoughts; listen for the will of God in your daily schedule.


Lord, I need Your wisdom today in working out a balance in the rhythm of my work, refreshment, and rest.

PHOTO: The conversion of St. Paul by S. G. Rudl (1896) in the Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius, in the Karlín district of Prague, Czech Republic

This devotion is from a book of devotions written by Bill Bowles, resident of Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor.

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