Here’s today’s selection:
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”
Jesus replied, “Let’s go to the neighboring villages so that I may proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God there too because that is why I was sent.”
So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
(Mark 1:32-39, Luke 4:40-44)
Getting alone to pray was not an uncommon practice for Jesus. As Luke states elsewhere:
Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. (Luke 5:16)
When was the last time you started the day by getting alone with your Heavenly Father and praying? The Savior of the Universe found time to do it even though everyone was looking for him.
Here’s how Jesus instructed his followers to pray. The words may be familiar but pray through each of them slooooowly with all your heart.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today
our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
And where you’re done praying, go proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God.
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