Mark 1:35, And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
Over and over again, throughout the Gospels, you will find that Jesus took time to be with the Father. Over and over again, you will find Jesus either leaving the multitudes and the busyness of ministry to get alone to pray, or you will find him rising up “a great while before day” to pray. This is just something Jesus did, and he did it consistently. Jesus didn’t simply have a prayer time, he had a prayer life. Think with me for just a moment.
*Jesus is the eternal Son of God, yet he saw the need to get alone to pray.
*Jesus is the Creator of the universe, yet he saw the need to get alone to pray.
*Jesus is the holiest man to ever walk the face of the earth, yet he saw the need to get alone to pray.
*Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit, yet he saw the need to get alone to pray.
*Jesus is not only the Living Word, but he was saturated with the written Word, yet he saw the need to get alone to pray.
Possibly, Jesus knew something we don’t know, or we just don’t get!
Jesus placed great value on getting alone with the Father to pray, and so should we. Jesus made prayer a priority in his life, and so should we. As one author wrote:
I often wonder what would transpire if every Christ-follower got serious about installing solid prayer practices into their lives. What kind of kingdom gains do you suppose would be made if each of us made pressing into God through prayer a nonnegotiable part of our everyday experience? I believe hearts would soften. Habits would shift. Faith would expand. Love for the poor would increase. Positive, purposeful legacies would be built. And a ravenous hunger would rumble through us all to get usable and to get used in significant ways by the one true God.
Just taking a few moments to reflect!!!