The Need to Pray (Through the Gospels)


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

There is so much spiritual insight in this one verse. This verse gives insight into the source of power that rested on Jesus. Where did Jesus get his power from? Where did Jesus get His peace and spiritual authority from?  

Prayer. It was from the place of prayer that Jesus was able to get the strength He needed to accomplish all that God had called Him to do. So let’s dive into this verse. What can we glean from this?

The first is very early in the morning.

The second is went out to a desolate place.

And the third is and there he prayed.

Why very early in the morning? Does this imply that we should pray only in the morning? No. This gives insight to Jesus finding time in the day where he was least distracted. Jesus wakes up early in the morning 'while it was still dark' because He knows during that time most people will be sleeping. Jesus wants to make sure His time with God will go undistracted by others.

But he takes it a step further, He went out to a desolate place. Desolate here means a place where no one else was. Why? Because He wanted to be alone with God. True intimacy happens when it’s just You and God. Jesus wanted to prevent all possibilities of any distractions taking Him away from prayer to His Father.

The most important, and there he prayed. Jesus prayed. If our Lord and Savior who was perfect, sinless and completely one with God the Father prayed, how much more do we need to pray? Jesus prayed because as a man He needed to completely depend on the Father.

Today, find a time in the day and a place where you will not be distracted by people or any devices. Go deep into prayer and have Him fill you up. 

William ChungComment