The Habit of Prayer

“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. (Mark 1:35)

As Jesus walked along the shores of Galilee, He encountered two fishermen, Peter and Andrew.  He called them to leave their nets and follow Him.  Soon He met James and John and they too were called to discipleship.  Jesus then entered Capernaums synagogue and began to teach about God but was interrupted by a man possessed of an impure spirit.  He commanded the spirit to leave the man, and it did.

He left the synagogue and went into the house of Peter and Andrew where He found Peters mother-in-law sick and near death with a fever.  Jesus took her hand, lifted her up and the fever left her.  As if that were not enough for one days work, that evening multitudes of people brought all their friends and family who were diseased or possessed with demons for Jesus to heal them.  It had been an exhausting day when Jesus went to bed that night.

You would expect, after such a tiring day, that the Master would sleep late the next morning.  He certainly would be justified in doing so.  Instead, Mark 1:35 records,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.  As exhausted as He must have been, Jesus would allow nothing to interfere with His practice of rising early and praying alone.

It is good for us to get into the habit of talking with God early in the morning.  Our days can go south in a hurry, so spending quality time with God in the morning, as Jesus did, can prepare our hearts for whatever our day may bring.  Make it your habit.

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