04/07/19 Practical Discipleship: Secluded and Focused Time

READING: Mark 1:35, Luke 5:15-16

The English wording doesn’t give us these details, but the Greek language of Mark 1:35 says that Jesus went to pray “very early in the morning, when it was still dark.” He apparently wanted a secluded place where He could get away from the crowds, and the early morning hours were the best time for prolonged prayer. The text does not prescribe this time as the best time to pray, but it does remind us of the importance of getting alone with God without distraction and interruption.

And, it at least suggests that we sometimes have to change our schedule to find that time. For some of us, that focused time might be early in the morning. For others, that time might be later at night. Some might even have a work schedule that limits those times to the middle of the day. Regardless of the time, though, it is good for us to step aside from our busyness, push away from the crowds, and get alone with God.

Even if you have only fifteen minutes a day to give your undivided attention to God, use that time wisely.

PRAYER: “God, help me to discipline my time well to be with You today.” 

TOMORROW’S READING: Joshua 15:13-17:18, Luke 8:9-39