Mark 1:35-39 Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.
(36) And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him.
(37) When they found Him, they said to Him, “Everyone is looking for You.”
(38) But He said to them, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.”
(39) And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons.
1. Brothers and sisters, do you have a solitary place?
2. Where does prayer fit in your daily schedule? I am not talking about the time you pray on the way to work, eating a meal and or buying a lottery ticket, but the occasions when you are alone with God and it is just the two of you.
My wife is an early riser, her prayer time or alone time begins at approximately 5:00 AM each morning, for one (1) or more hours.
My prayer time or alone time begins at approximately 6:30 AM, for approximately 1.5 hours and then on to posting on Face Book, and daily reading. We are in separate parts of our house for prayer and alone time.
We then have breakfast and discuss the activities for the day. This is our daily schedule unless there are medical appointments, etc.
Although prayer at any time is good, you and I need to have a set time and place where we meet with the Lord each day-preferably in the morning.
Even though Jesus was the Son of God, He knew the importance of solitary prayer time. He did not do anything on His own initiative, but instead lived in dependence upon the Father, acting only on the instructions God communicated to Him. God will communicate with you, if you allow Him.
In the reference Scripture, we don’t know what Jesus prayed, but when the disciples interrupted His morning prayer time, He had received His Father’s direction for that day-to “go somewhere else” so that He could preach.
Brothers and sisters, Jesus was the perfect example of a Spirit-led life, and prayer played a vital role. Since you and I are to follow His footsteps, wouldn’t it make sense for you and I to meet with God early in the morning in preparation for the day? Morning is the time to lay our concerns at His feet, seek His guidance for whatever the day holds, trust Him for provision and protection, and intercede for others.
Brothers and sisters, many things demand our time and attention. You and I can’t afford to neglect prayer. The fruit of prayerlessness is spiritual weakness, unmet needs, anxiety, and ingratitude. When you and I make prayer a priority, we will have a firm foundation for the day ahead, no matter what it brings. In the evening, you and I can look back with a heart of gratitude for an answered prayer.
Accept Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, today. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the accepted time. You may not really have tomorrow. Salvation is a free gift. Have a Blessed Day.
Written By Edward Jeffries