The scripture says in Mark 1:35 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. Jesus began his day alone with God. How many times have I mentioned that to you about starting the day with prayer and getting along having a quiet time, if you're going to be a follower of Jesus, a follower does what the leader does right? Well, somebody says, “Well, I pray.” How often do you pray? “Well once in a while?” No, if you are really a follower of Jesus, prayer is a major part of your life in fact. How do you start the day off and living in this world without talking to God? And how do you go to sleep at night with perfect security without talking to God?
How do you face the issues in life without prayer, that is prayer should be a habit and not only a habit but a very important part of our life. And early in the morning, while it was still dark, he arose and he went out and departed to a lonely place and he was praying. There he demonstrates for us that to be stirring of revival, that even when the whole city is at our door, when there's a need at church, there's a need at work. There's a need with this group of friends there's a need, even over here, everywhere people are pulling at us and tugging at usand. Our schedules are busy and full and replete with things to do to put first, things. First, so that we build margin into our lives, so that early in the morning, if that's the best time for you what, that symbolizes is priority wherever you need to put it in your life, so that you have prioritized intimate time with the father Jesusknew. Even if everybody is knocking at my door's not going to let everybody else's expectations of me determine what I do with my time.
I'm going to have some supernatural priorities. I'M gonna put first things first and keep the things that are most important to my father, I'm gonna make sure. Those things are also most important Mark 1:35 and in the morning long before daylight he got up and went out to a deserted place. And there he prayed. So there's evidence all over the Bible that Jesus first thing spent time with God.
So why was Jesus up early, as the Bible reminds us in several places, up early before day? Because Jesus, the son of God, knew that he needed that time to be alone with this heavenly father. To Listen to the father, all of us, none of us are in such a situation that we are so complete, within ourselves that we don't need God's direction, all of us need to take time to listen to God. If I start my day with God. He stays in the front of my mind. All day it's like a continuing conversation that gets started.
It lets God set the agenda. It lets him set the pace; it puts God in control, if I start, just by giving the first part of my day to him. Somebody once said: that God is your commander-in-chief so don't forget your daily briefing, you have to slow down, because God is never in a hurry and. You can't hear God's voice if you're just rushing, all the time you have to slow down to hear what he wants to say to you. That's why you have to get up a little bit earlier, so you're not just rushing into your day, and you don't have time. So you just find a quiet place. You grab your Bible, maybe a journal, get a cup of coffee or tea or whatever. You want in the morning and just go spend a few minutes with the Lord here's what Jesus said about it in Matthew 6.He said here's what I want you to do.
Just find a quiet secluded place, so you won't be tempted to role play before God, you're not going to try to put on airs or impress anybody, he says just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage and the focus will shift from you to God and you will begin to sense. His grace starts with just a moment of prayer, a simple moment that says Lord here I am, I'm ready. I want to hear from you today. Would you just open my eyes open my ears open, my heart to whatever it is, you want to say.
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