Daily Scripture Reading:
Mark 1:35 – “In the morning, while it was still very dark, he (Jesus) got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.”
Luke 11:1 – “He (Jesus) was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray;”
Luke 22:39 – “He (Jesus) came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives . . .” –
They are simple phrases: “deserted place,” “in a certain place,” “as was his custom”. Simple but packed with meaning and instruction. Jesus prayed often. He prayed alone. He prayed with others. He went to a place or aside from the other activity going on around Him.
And so I wonder: If Jesus, Son of God, Savior of the world, thought it was important to take time to pray, don’t I think it’s probably a good idea for me to do likewise?
The practice of Sabbath renews and refreshes us and the practice of daily prayer gives us strength from day to day. Praying is not meant to be difficult – just talk to God. He listens. But don’t stop there. Be quiet before God and listen to him speak to you. If you find it difficult to pray and/or to listen, read the Psalms. Every human emotion is found in those verses.
Building margin into our lives for Sabbath, sabbath moments, and prayer will change our lives. God promised and He is always faithful in His promises.
Prayer: Holy God, thank You for hearing my prayers. Thank You for knowing my heart. Thank you for understanding my concerns. Speak to me, Lord, this day and guide me in Your perfect peace. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Reflection Question and/or Application for the Day:
When do you pray? Where do you pray?
How do you listen to God?
Is time with God your “custom”? If not, what could you do differently today to build margin for prayer?
Devotion from Building Margin for a Balanced Life, devotional book, small group study and sermon series
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