Taking Time to Pray (Mark 1:35-45)

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Preparing in the Christian life should not come without praying. Prayer is critical in readying our hearts for the day ahead, for the relationships we are in, and for the gospel we share. This means spending intimate time and fellowship with God. It means taking time to pray. Jesus Christ, who was God in the flesh Himself, knew this very well. As Jesus was about to go into Galilee to preach and to perform miracles, He took time out to pray and be with God the Father. Notice in verse 35 that it says “rising early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” From this we see Jesus placed a great priority on prayer. In fact, you could say it may very well have been the very first thing he did to begin His day. He got up early in the morning for that fellowship. Not only did He do that, though. He also departed and went to a place away from everyone else. This time with God would be personal time. To be clear, community with other brothers and sisters in Christ has its place and should be regularly practiced. Still, there comes a time where each one of us as God’s children need to spend some one-on-one time with the Lord. We need to have that personal fellowship with the God of the universe and of our lives. Setting up a specific time and place to go to God in prayer can go a long way towards that. Case in point, coming to God regularly in prayer is essential for our spiritual growth. It is essential, likewise, before going out to share the great news of the gospel of Jesus Christ and before going out to head to work or school. We must take time to pray. We cannot budge. We can only do.

Reflection Questions:

  • Have you been making prayer a priority in your life? If not, what are some of the reasons or excuses you have given for the lack of a prayer life? What does that reveal about your priorities?
  • What is the best time and place for you to spend some one-on-one time with God in prayer? How can you go about implementing this in your own life?
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