“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” Mark 1:35
Jesus’ life was full. We get a feel for the intensity of the ministry that Jesus was involved in from the very first chapter of Mark’s gospel. Mark describes Jesus’ schedule one day (Mark 1:21-34), which was full of teaching, healing, delivering people from unclean spirits and getting to know the families of those he had chosen as disciples. Then, at sundown, the whole city came to him to have their spiritual and physical needs attended to. I wonder how late he was up caring for this crowd.
Yet, the next morning, he was up before the sun to meet with his heavenly Father (verse 35). This was not a one-off thing for Jesus; this was his way of life – meeting with his Father and abiding in his love while getting direction from Him. His work was important, but his relationship with God was essential!
Do you have a specific period each day to spend quality time with God? Is it a vital habit in your life? It does not need to be onerous, but I would suggest it be consistent. A time to let God speak to you through Scripture and to speak with Him through prayer.
If this is a new idea for you, perhaps you could find 15 minutes tomorrow in a quiet place. Open your heart to receive from God through reflection on his Word. Then read the first chapter of the Gospel of Mark and talk to God about what it says. Then go to Mark 2 the following day.
I think that you will find, like I have, that this practice could become a great joy and a nurturing fountain for your soul.
For the glory of God,