35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. 36 And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, 37 and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” 38 And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” 39 And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.
Ever pray on the run? While eating breakfast or on your way to school? You are not alone. We all get pretty good at shooting a quick stream of words up toward heaven. “Lord, let me pass this test.” “Please let me make it on time.” Or the good old go-to prayer for any situation, “God, help!”
It turns out even Jesus needed to take a break from the busyness of helping people to spend time with his Father. Here he had just finished doing a lot of work: he called a few disciples, battled some demons, and healed lots of people. He woke up the next morning and knew he needed a break. Off he went to a quiet place and talked to God.
If Jesus needed to spend time with his Father, how much more do we need it? It’s impossible to really connect to God when we’re always on the run. When can you steal away for a few minutes with God today? Plan it now.
Maybe your solitary place is in the living room before anyone else gets up. Maybe it’s in the library after classes or out in the yard underneath a tree at work. Wherever it is and whatever time you do it, take time with God. After Jesus spent time alone with God, he knew exactly what he should do next. When his friends found him, he said, “Let us go somewhere else . . . so I can preach there also” (Mark 1:38). Not only does time with God build our friendship with him, but it also quiets the noise so we can hear what he wants us to do next.
Dear Lord, we thank You that we can come to You in prayer. Help is to make the time each and every day so we can get to know You better. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.