Mark 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
Prayer and praying is an important and an essential part of the Lord’s life. THere was nothing that He did that was not attended firstly by prayer. The Lord made sure that he had enough time for prayer: for he rose a great while before day. He knew that time was limited and he had to redeem the time. Early hours are times of refreshing, where the mind is freshest. He arose a great while because he felt the urgency of the needs. And those needs he goes through meticulously detail in prayer. He therefore needs the time. O how often do we as His people rush through our prayer: we need to harness the time, redeem the time, we need to love not sleep and we need to rise up a great while from day, to pray.
He went out: he separated himself, he went out that he might be alone with GOD. He went out that there may be no people that will influence Him, nor affect His communion with GOD. He went out to be quiet with GOD; He went out indicating that there is to be no one that should come in between Him and His Father. Many are not willing to separate themselves from the dearest in this life in order to meet with GOD. Friends, careers, material wealth has all been the substitute, and yet GOD wants us to be separated unto HIM. Genuine prayer only comes from a set apart heart.
He departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. This is an important place: because the bible says that it is here that he prayed. Where a saint prays, that place is sacred, holy and to be jealously kept, for there it is that the Christian meets with GOD, the christian pleads earnestly for grace, and mercy; he prays for the salvation of lost souls on their way to hell, and he pleads the mercies of GOD on some troublesome situation. These are times whereby as a result of a saint’s prayer, heaven opens, and hell releases, angels attend and demons flee. These are sacred times that tears are heard on high and requests are processed immediately to the place, and time and person as He wills. Yet, there must be that solitary place and there must be that prayer.
Do you make time to pray, dear brethren? Do you seek to depart away from the sins and the situations of this world that your soul may be seeking after the Lord and His ways? do you have a solitary place of retreat, a place of rest and refuge? A place of comfort and confidence?
Brethren, we need to make the time, we need to pray.
Evangelist – Pastor Johnny Tan
Ambassador Baptist Church