Monday, July 7, 2014

Why Did Jesus Need to Pray? - Mark 1:35-39 Post 1

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I like this picture of You leaving the house early in the morning, walking until You find some tree or bush or field or rock beside a stream or the lake or something - some PLACE - to be alone - to pray.  (Mark 1:35)

The evening before had been full and probably long.  I would have thought: "Sleep in
tomorrow!"...but Your ways are not my ways...You got up early and went to pray.  By Yourself.  

I like to be alone, especially after an eventful day, so that really appealed to me when I first read it.  

But You didn't exactly go to be alone.  Because of Your connection with the Father and the Holy Spirit, You were never really alone, except for that one awful time when You were horribly alone so that I would never have to be alone (Mark15:34).

You weren't looking for solitude just for the sake of being alone.  You found a place where You could be away from the crowd and pray.

You had just spent the evening before healing people who were sick or disabled and freeing people who were possessed by demons.  

Did it lie heavy on Your heart?  Was Your heart so full You weren't able to sleep and got up when it was still dark to find a place where You could share Your heart with the Father - the only One who understood what You were feeling and the significance of what was happening?  

Did You need to pour out to the Father the pain of seeing so many "wounded," all of them casualties of the sin that we brought into our world - Your world?  Were You vividly, painfully reminded of why You had come?  Of the final goal of Your time on earth?  Of what it was going to cost You to set us all free?  

Did You pray for those You had healed and set free the night before?  Did You pray for their future and what You must do to achieve it?  Did You pray for those (like Simon Peter) You were preparing for a role in Your work?  Did You pray for direction, renewal, strength to see it all through?  

Were You praying for us, for Your kingdom to come among us?  

You are at the right hand of God pleading for us even now.  For me.  (Rom. 8:34)


And after an eventful day - or even an uneventful day - what I really need is not to be alone, but to be with You.

To talk with You about what happened - or what didn't happen - about what's going to happen - about what I'm feeling about it all.  I need to tell You how I feel and I need to hear what You would say to me about how I feel.  To share with You about the folks on my heart.  About where You are leading.  

I need to be reminded that You have a plan and purpose for me and for them. 

I need Your perspective.  I need Your strength.  I need Your loveI need You.

And I think I know where to find You.


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