Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Rising Early to Pray

Rising Early to Pray, Mark 1:32-39

32 When evening came, after the sun had set, they began bringing to Him all who were ill and those who were cdemon-possessed. 33 And the whole city had gathered at the door. 34 And He healed many who were ill with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He was not permitting the demons to speak, because they knew who He was.
35 In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there. 36 Simon and his companions searched for Him; 37 they found Him, and said to Him, "Everyone is looking for You." 38 He said to them, "Let us go somewhere else to the towns nearby, so that I may 1preach there also; for that is what I came for." 39 And He went into their synagogues throughout all Galilee, preaching and casting out the demons. NASU
Richard Foster in the devotional book, “ A Year With God,” tells us the following;
Jesus’ Fame Had spread to the point that “the Whole City” was gathered to watch Him heal. Yet in the midst of this hectic time Jesus rises early to go pray in a deserted place; so intent is He on solitude that even the disciples do not know where He is gone. When they find Him, Jesus is ready, refreshed enough from His time alone with God to continue His work in the neighboring towns. This instance is one of several in which mark mentions that Jesus and the disciples go to a deserted place to rest and pray. Our own spiritual formation will be strengthened if, in our busy, crowed, and noisy lives, we find regular times and places for quiet, for prayer, for listening to God. Time alone with God gives us renewed energy to live fully engaged with the world.
Do you neglect your need to be alone to recharge?
“Every so often I need OUT; something will throw me into disproportion, and I have to get away from everybody, away from all those people I love most in the world, in order to regain a sense of proportion.” Madeleine L’Engle, A Circle of Quiet

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