Do you slip away for prayer? Do you seek that quiet and secluded place that you can commune with God?
Mark 1:35 – In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.
Jesus, while it was still dark, went to pray. I have problems in the morning with getting out of the bed. I have never been a morning person even as a child. However, I have been struggling with a desire to spend more time in the morning going before the Lord before my day gets started.
Jesus went while it was still dark, that means He really got up early. Not only did He get up early, He had a habit of slipping away to pray as we see in Luke 5:16 – But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. In the midst of our day, we too need to slip away to pray so that we will have the strength needed to continue with our day and to approach things in a manner that is pleasing to God.
Luke 6:12 tells us that It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God. Jesus, even though He was the Son of God, found it necessary to go to the mountain and spend the entire night in prayer. Time is a hot commodity in our day and time, would you be willing to give an entire night to God in prayer? Prayer over those things that are troubling you and have been troubling you that you see no hope, give it to God in prayer.
Prayer is an important and necessary component of our Christian life and from Jesus’ example, we see:
1) we should get up early to pray;
2) we should slip away to pray;
3) we should take the time to spend the night in prayer.
My prayer is that you will make it a priorit to get up early to pray, slip away to pray, and spend the night in prayer.
Be blessed and be prayerful!