Tonight was our midweek Bible study. I always look forward to our services, both Sunday and Wednesday.
How many times have we read a verse or done translation work in a verse and missed the impact at that time, only to see it later?
That is how I felt tonight after listening to one of our assistant pastors speak on this verse. I have read through the book of Mark several times over the last 20 + years of being a Christian and did some translation work in Mark when I was in undergraduate Greek several years ago.
These thoughts are what I came away with from tonight’s study, some are questions, others are observations.
Mark 1:35 (NKJV) Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight. He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.
1. If Jesus needed to get alone early in the day for prayer – How much more do we need to engage in this practice/discipline?
2. The rigors of spiritual ministry take a toll both spiritually and physically.
3. Prayer closet – not a literal closet, but a place to focus and pray to God.
4. Luke 5:16 – a term of habit/self-imposed discipline.
5. Luke 6:12 – Extended time of prayer before a major decision or undertaking – Praying all night
I apologize that these thoughts are not alliterated or homiletical, but I wanted to share them with others, because they really gripped my heart and convicted me regarding this area of my life. It seems that I have time for many other things in the beginning of the day and often times neglect prayer.
I hope between this message and next weeks Spiritual Disciplines Conference that I will be able to make a marked improvement in my practice of the Spiritual Disciplines.