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

Monday, January 22, 2024

Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.
— Mark 1:35 NLT

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 the Father 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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Illustration of Mark 1:35 NLT — Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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