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“She who is in Babylon, elect together with you, greets you; and so does Mark my son.”


and so does Mark


The “Mark” of this verse is the Mark who wrote the gospel of Mark. The New Testament mentions Mark in five books. We meet him first in Acts 12, “So, when he had considered this, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together praying” (Acts 12:12).

The church at Antioch (300 miles north of Jerusalem) sent relief by Paul and Barnabas to Jerusalem (Acts 11) because of widespread famine in Judea. In Acts 12, the gospel team was in Jerusalem. Terrible events transpired while they were there. Herod executed James, the apostle with a sword.

When Herod saw that this pleased his constituency (this is all that a politician needs), he threw Peter in jail. Herod wanted to execute Peter after Passover. The night before Herod was to execute Peter, the church was in an all-night prayer meeting praying for Peter. When Peter knocked at the door, the people praying did not believe that God answered their prayers!


God answers even faithless prayer.


We often enter prayer, not believing that God will answer our prayer. God answers even faithless prayer.

We need to develop a mechanism that will help us recognize when God does answer prayer. My method for doing this is to write down my prayers. When God answers the prayer, I write “answered” beside the request.

Whatever method you chose, you need to strengthen your faith by seeing how God answers prayer in your life.

(The life of Mark — to be continued)