35 Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed. Mark 1:35
Mark 1:21- 2:12 records the casting out of evil spirits from a man, the healing of Simon’s mother- in- law, the crowd coming to Jesus for healing of various diseases and the casting out of many demons, a leper who was made clean and a paralytic who was healed. And in between all of that Jesus was preaching in the synagogue, too! Whew! Are you as tired as I am just thinking about all He did? Right in the midst of all this activity we see Jesus taking the time to get an early start, spend time alone and pray.
What does your day look like today? What does your week look like? I hope that in the midst of all your activities that you will be diligent to make time for prayer. I don’t know what season of life you are in but for some the mornings are more difficult. While the early hours are the example here, know that anytime is a good time to pray. Finding a solitary place can be a challenge as well.
Alone time is difficult if you are a young mother. Alone time is also hard when your husband retires. Recently a friend told me she will go sit in her car in the driveway if she has to. She is also learning to let God set her agenda and relinquishing her plans for her day.
All of us are busy. Jesus was, too. Is your day so full that you have no time to be alone and pray?
Are you and I willing to make the time?
Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Acting Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.