Very Early in the Morning…
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” (Mark 1:35 NIV)
It was just before dawn on a chilly day in Palestine about two thousand years ago. Jesus’ disciples were sound asleep, exhausted after the previous day’s activities — handling the huge crowds that had thronged them, encouraging listeners to believe the Master’s words, even trying their hand at praying for a few of the sick and brokenhearted. But while they enjoyed their needed rest, someone else was stirring. Although the sun had not yet risen, Jesus got up and walked out of the village where they were all staying. He was headed to a deserted place nearby to pray.
What an awesome scene! It was repeated many times during the three years the disciples stayed with Jesus. The Son of the living God couldn’t face the day without prayer.
Jesus habitually offered up prayers, sometimes with “fervent cries and tears” (Hebrews 5:7). His prayers enabled him to make decisions and face the challenges and demonic attacks that confronted him daily. This isn’t a new believer in Christ we’re talking about; it is Jesus Christ the Holy One himself! If he felt the need to talk with his Father, how much more necessary it must be for us —if we only realize it…
Remember that Scripture declares: “You do not have because you do not ask God” (James 4:2). It wasn’t that God didn’t desire to give an answer or that some divine decree stood against us. If we missed out, it was because we didn’t have the faith, time, and spiritual temperament to talk with our Father.
-Pastor Cymbala (excerpted from Spirit Rising)
Read Mark 1:32-39.