19th July 2013

Alone With the Father 

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 (NIV UK)

With these summer mornings I find myself getting up earlier than usual. Perhaps it’s a mixture of the light and the heat that causes me to wake up.

In the above passage Jesus got up while it was still dark. Even though he went to a solitary place, he was not alone. He took the opportunity, in the quiet before dawn, to fellowship with God the Father. He knew that God would be with him during the busy day ahead. Even though Jesus and the Father were one and were never apart, Jesus’ desire was to spend dedicated time together with the Father.

Our lives can be so complicated. So much to do, so little time to do it in.  Do we sometimes crowd out the most important relationship of all?

The disciples sought out Jesus and explained to him that everyone was looking for him (Mark 1:37). It was unlikely, unless he planned it, that there would be a chance for dedicated fellowship with the Father. The same may be true of us. Unless we plan it, we may have little time alone with God. Of course God is with us always, just as he was with Jesus. He is instantly available to us at all times, no matter where we are or what we are doing. We can snatch small moments of prayer during the day. But, do we, in addition, engage in an undistracted way with our Father?

Maybe, if you wake up early as I do in these summer days, you can grasp the occasion for prayer. Whenever it may work out, let’s seize the opportunity for precious time alone with God. Let God know how you feel, what’s on your mind, pour out your heart to him.

Let’s find our solitary place and pray, following the example of Jesus.

Help me, Father, to spend dedicated time with you. In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson


bible1About the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.  You are welcome to attend any of our Church congregations located throughout the UK.  This weekend James is speaking at our Ballymoney and Craigavon churches.  For details of these churches or your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.wcg.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.

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