What Jesus Did! 'Quiet Time with God' — Mark 1:35

Friday, January 22, 2016

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The next morning, Jesus woke up very early. Jesus left the house while it was still dark. He went to a place to be alone and pray.
— Mark 1:35 NLT
Illustration of Mark 1:35 NLT — The next morning, Jesus woke up very early. Jesus left the house while it was still dark. He went to a place to be alone and pray.

Key Thought

Jesus had a regular, disciplined time to be alone with his Father each day. His quiet time with his Father was intentional; it was a priority he built into his day and it required his effort—effort to wake up early before everyone else, and effort to go out away from everyone else so he could talk with God by himself. How intentional is your daily time with the Father?

Today's Prayer

O loving and tender Father, God Almighty who has the power to save, forgive me for those periods in my life when I have let my time with you suffer. I confess that I let other things and the hectic pace of my life steal away my time with you. Empower my resolve to put you first in my heart and in my daily schedule. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 5:15
  • Luke 22:39-42
  • Psalm 59:16

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.