I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. -Psalm 119:11
“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.” (Mark 1: 35; Scripture of the week)
It didn’t seem like the right time for Jesus to get away and pray. After all, thousands of people had witnessed His miracles and His healing and they all waited in expectation for Him to continue doing them. They expected Him. They had need of Him. But He chose to go away.
Even His own disciples had to remind Him in Mark 1: 37 when they found Him alone, “Everyone is looking for You.”
Jesus don’t you realize that you are in great demand? You can’t just “take a break” when you feel like it. You need to be out there. You’re popular. You’re needed.
That’s in essence what the disciples were implying when they told Him the crowd was looking for Him. What they didn’t understand is Jesus’ stamina in ministry was reliant on the exact place they found Him: prayer. In retreating to be with the Father who sent Him. They didn’t realize that He had to meet with the Father, consistently and often, before He could meet the needs of the people.
And if Jesus did this, how much more us? He modeled the habit that we are to form in our life. He reminds us that we are to come away…often and consistently. We are not to rely on our strengths, nor think that the demands and pressures of what “needs” to get done come before coming away with Him.
If we don’t learn the habit of coming away, we will fall into the trap of coming apart. Easily.
He doesn’t want us to come apart. He wants us to come to Him. Come into wholeness. Into strength. Into wisdom. Into love and understanding.
I pray that we become intentional with our time with Him. I pray we make it a habit to come away!
Peace, love and blessings,
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