“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. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: ‘Everyone is looking for you!’ Jesus replied, ‘Let us go somewhere else – to the nearby villages – so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.’ So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.” – Mark 1:35-39 (NIV)
We all have circumstances in our lives that cause stress. Whether it’s our job, our finances, or our relationships, there’s plenty we are juggling while trying to keep our heads above water. But regardless of what life throws at us, it doesn’t mean we can’t learn how to handle stress in a healthy, Christ-honoring way. Jesus set a great example for us on how to deal with stress, and that example comes from the first chapter in the gospel of Mark.
In this passage, Jesus gets up early in the morning and goes off by Himself in order to spend alone time with the Father before He spends His day ministering to other people. “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). If you’ve been in church for a while, you may have heard this concept referred to as a quiet time. One of the greatest catalysts for growth in any relationship is quality time, and your relationship with the Lord is no different. It’s so important that you are taking time each day to spend time alone with your Heavenly Father.
It doesn’t matter if you spend that quiet time with Him in the morning like Jesus did, or if you spend it late at night, or if your quiet time is somewhere in the middle. The only thing that matters is that you take time to hear from the Lord in a quiet place where you’re free from distractions.
If you’re looking for a way to relieve your stress and to find more peace, spending time with God every day is the best way to do that. I would encourage you, if you’re not already in the habit of having a daily quiet time, start today, and ask God to give you that daily desire to meet with Him.