Bible Verse: “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.” (Mark 1:35)

Scripture Reading: Luke 6:1-49

The first part of praying is deciding to get started. The harder part of praying is to continue after beginning! Even the Lord found that He had no choice except to retreat from everything and everyone in order to fellowship with His Father. “In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there” (Mark 1:35 NASB).

Examine the prayer life of the Lord, and it soon becomes clear that He had a routine of prayer. Though He prayed with others, it is clear that He prayed alone frequently, often when it was dark and quiet. The significant events of the life of Christ were regularly found to occur while He was at prayer (see Luke 3:21-22; Luke 6:12-13; Luke 9:29).

Even a quick look at a few texts is sufficient to make the case that prayer was a regular part of Jesus’ life. It is also clear that prayer was a significant element in the major events of His life. We can see that even God, the Son of God, needed prayer in His life. Think of it. This was God at prayer! It may seem obvious, but the first secret of prayer is to pray. Put it in your day planner.

Plan to pray.

Choose a place.

Choose a time.

Clear your calendar.

Go where no one will interrupt.

Then pray.

Do this regularly.

The habit of praying is more important than the amount of time spent in prayer.

Simple prayer is the best prayer. Most of the prayers in the Bible were not elevated, lofty pieces of literary achievement. They were a sharing of the heart between God and the one praying, often concerning some need or desire. As you begin with a commitment to five minutes a day, plan to tell the Lord about your hopes, ask Him to direct your decisions to make you more like Him. Should you run out of words, simply wait in his presence with an open Bible in hand. This is also prayer. Prayer is nothing more than relating to God as God relates to you.

— David Chotka in Power Praying
©2009 by David Chotka. Used by permission.

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