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.
I believe many of us must be familiar with this passage about Jesus getting up early in
the morning to pray. However what convicts me even more is when I read the previous
passage (Vs. 29-34) Jesus was a very busy man. It seems that his day use to end very
late several times and yet he did not compromise on his time with God. He knew when
and where he can pray without being disturbed and distracted.
36 Simon and his companions went to look for him,
37 and when they
found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”
38 Jesus replied, “Let us
go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is
why I have come.”
Being disciplined involves knowing your priorities. For Jesus his time with God was his
priority. And his mission to seek and save the lost was his focus. Though he performed
many miracles and healed many from their sicknesses he never lost his focus.
7 Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake, and a large crowd
from Galilee followed.
13 Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those
he wanted, and they came to him
Jesus was leading a group of disciples. He knew that he had to make time if he wants to
accomplish something with the group he was leading. Not just in the above passage
but many times in The Bible Jesus had to withdraw from the crowd. He had to go away
from his daily routine. Take some time out for what was more important. And the results
were breath-taking. The group he led turned the world upside down(Acts17:6).
- If you have to write down one thing that is the most important thing for you every
day, what would that be?
- Do you take time out from your routine to do things that will make a big impact in
- Go to a new place this week to pray with someone