“In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.” vs. 35
Jesus taught in the synagogue but he prayed on the mountainsides. According to Mark, he would get up early in the morning, while it was still dark, and go out by himself for prayer. There he would have been treated to spectacular sunrises over the Sea of Galilee, the daily victory of light over darkness. Those of us who habitually rise early in the morning for some quiet time with God know the experience! As we see the sun arrive, often accompanied by pinkish colors of joy, whatever thoughts may have plagued us through the night are quickly dissipated and hope is born again. The future opens up and we begin to see a way through whatever challenges the new day may present. Jesus used this morning prayer time to reconnect with the vision and purpose of his mission. What a gift these moments are! They’re a recipe for dealing with depression and sadness and offer an enriching rhythm to our walk with the Lord…and they’re readily available to every one of us. All that is necessary is a morning alarm and the discipline to get out from under our comfy blankets. Everything else is provided by God and the highlight, the rising of the sun, always comes precisely on time.
Thought for the Day: What time of day do I use for prayer?