Text: Mark 1-3; Psalm 17
Mark comes on very quickly as the evangelist’s style is very concise, direct, and action oriented. Mark brings us the facts of the Good News of Jesus, and he does so in fewer words than any of the other three Gospel authors. In Mark’s fast paced account, there is a notable pause, however:
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’ ministry on earth is indeed marked by prayer. Jesus withdraws and goes to a secluded place. He sets Himself apart and sets time apart in order to be with His Father. Jesus is modeling this for us.
I am feeling very busy right now, and even this last night I awoke with my mind swirling with details and concerns. I know the answer is to hit “pause” and pray. It is hard to do when pressed by the demands of life – to include all the good things the Lord has called us to. But, it is so very needful. Set time apart for prayer. Set yourself apart for prayer. Our Father has all we need. He has the wisdom, the will and the power. He brings us peace through prayer. He will align our priorities through prayer. Make the time to pray. Take the time to pray. Jesus did.
in Him, Mike