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.   (Mark 1: 35)


   My day planner is bursting at the seams. Each small square on the calendar is crammed with conflicting responsibilities: council, choir, Bible study, visits, shut-in communions, services to plan, babysit grandchildren, and driving my daughter to doctor appointments. Sometimes it’s just too much! And as I am in the midst of my busy life, God continues to call me to spend quiet time with Him and I want that quiet time with my Lord. I need it!

   How can I fit in one more thing? Doesn’t God understand how important all my activities are?   So I rush through a token devotion and go on with my day.

   When life is overwhelming, setting aside time for prayer and devotions is not easy. Surely diving into the work of the day brings more progress than stepping aside for prayers. Jesus understood the pressure of time. His brief years of ministry were limited, and there were so many people who needed the truth, forgiveness, and healing. His disciples needed to be taught. The Father’s plan needed to be carried out. Yet Jesus made prayer a priority.

   As busy as life might be, we will never carry the weight of responsibility that Jesus did. He came to redeem the entire human race. Yet instead of frantic urgency, he consistently modeled a life of prayer, retreat, of seeking a quiet place.

   Martin Luther said, “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.” That level of commitment, along with the consistent examples of Jesus, should inspire us to find our own solitary peace and time each day to spend time in prayer.

   If your day feels too full, take a risk and schedule some prayerful time first, trusting Jesus to provide what we need for all the other responsibilities.


                                                             Pastor Devie       

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