Mark 1:7-14New Living Translation (NLT)
7 John announced: “Someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not even worthy to stoop down like a slave and untie the straps of his sandals. 8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit!”
The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus
9 One day Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. 10 As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.”
12 The Spirit then compelled Jesus to go into the wilderness, 13 where he was tempted by Satan for forty days. He was out among the wild animals, and angels took care of him.
14 Later on, after John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee, where he preached God’s Good News.
Dear Father, Jesus is greater. Thank you for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for preaching the Good News. Thank you for petitioning for me, Jesus. Thank you for all that you did so that I can stand boldly before the throne, and I can stand in you Jesus. Jesus is the Son of God, and Jesus brings the Father great joy. Thank you for bridging the gap, Jesus. In Jesus’ Name I Pray, Amen.