I recently shared with our staff and with the men in my small group what I believe is the most important verse in the Bible about prayer. This is it!
Mark 1:35--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.
Now, being the only person on our church staff who actually loves to get up very early, I was not surprised that there was not a lot of enthusiasm regarding this concept. My challenge (sarcastically) was to pray like Jesus. Obviously, you can pray at any time and the early morning was not the real emphasis of the Scripture. The main point was that He went to a solitary place to pray.
When we consider the magnitude of this point, it is interesting that quite often we find ourselves praying more often in groups than in private. We say grace around a table full of people; we pray in our small groups, we pray in church. Again, these are all valuable; but how often do we ‘go off to a solitary place’ to pray? Where is that place in your life? It can be difficult to find in South Florida, can’t it?
Where is that quiet spot where you can talk privately and candidly to your Father?
The place where you can talk openly to Him about anything and everything?
Philippians 4:6--Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. ESV
I want to challenge you this week, if you have not already done so, to identify that place and make it a regular retreat where you can commune with God. Oh, and do it very early in the morning. HAHAHA.
May God bless you and keep you and have a wonderful New Year.
Posted on Tue, December 24, 2013
by Pat Roberts filed under