And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place and there he prayed.
Mark 1 : 35
This was Jesus’ regular practice. He got up earlier than he would have otherwise, went to a private place, and prayed, probably aloud. His close relationship with the Father was his secret of why his ministry was so successful.
Note that he didn’t just read scripture or meditate on it. This wasn’t just an intellectual pursuit for Jesus, this was fellowship with his heavenly Father. Neither did he always pray with others, this was a highly personal and intimate relationship he had with God.
What about us? Do we get up early, especially to spend time with God? Do we find a private place where we can commune with him? If God means anything to us this will be the case.
And prayer is not just about us as individuals and God. Jesus will have been praying for his public ministry and his followers. When we pray we can commit our lives and loved ones to him.
“Heavenly Father, thank you for this priviledge to come to you in prayer. Help me to prioritise my relationship with you in my life, and forgive me for the times that I don’t”