I don’t mean just being somewhere without people, I mean being somewhere without distractions. No phone, no computer, nothing to entertain.
I can’t think about the last time I’ve been totally alone. As Americans, we are continually wanting to be entertained and busy. We are always busy.
Jesus was busy too, but he took time to slow down. In Mark 1:35-38, it says he left to go to an isolated place to pray. In the verses before (29-34), it’s clear Jesus was extremely busy the night before, healing people and casting out demons.
I don’t know about you, but when I’ve had a rough evening, I try to sleep in the next morning.
But that’s not what he did. He got up before the sun rose to be alone with the Father. In Matthew 6:6 Jesus said, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you” (NIV).
Prayer is to be an intimate, private, and distraction-free event. It’s a time to get to know your Father better. Jesus thought it was important enough to give up a morning.
This week, find a time to be alone with the Lord.
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