Jesus’ Model of Solitary Prayer
35 Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed. 36 And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him.Mark 1:35–36 (NKJV)
In this passage, Jesus is in Capernaum at the home of Simon Peter. He heals Peter’s mother-in-law miraculously, and then people begin to bring the sick and demon-possessed to the house of Peter for Jesus to heal. The next morning, Jesus departed to a solitary place to pray and get in touch with the Father, God. He knew that shortly his disciples would search for Him, and that they would go to neighboring towns to minister more. He needed time with God before He ministered to the people again.
- What Does This Teach Us?
- Often You Need to Disconnect from the Drain, and Re-Connect to the Power Source
- After Giving Out So Much, Be Sure to Refill Your Own Spiritual Fuel Tank
15 Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.John 6:15 (NKJV)
This moment came right between the feeding of the five thousand and His walking on the water. After the 5000 sought to make Him king, Jesus had to get away from the noise of political action.
- What Do We Learn Here?
- Get Away From the Fans, Prepare for the Miraculous
- After a Victorious Moment, Back up and Reframe Your Priorities
- The Noise
- Social Interaction
- The Still
- Prayer & Meditation
- Praying for the Presence
- Praying Over an Open Bible
- Praying in Worship
- Listening for the Voice of God to Speak