Mark 1:35 is our verse on which we're focusing today. It simply reads: "And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed." Other places in Scripture we read that this was Jesus' custom and habit to arise early, go to a private place and pray. I realize everyone has their different habits regarding prayer. It's very difficult to say everyone should follow a certain regimen to pray. But Jesus does here give us an example worthy to emulate. Notice what he did:
1. He arose early. Before the hustle and bustle of the day began, he arose early to pray. I've discovered that early morning prayer is the only time during my day I can control my schedule.
2. It was still dark. In the darkness, where you can see nothing move, you draw close to God who is perfect light.
3. He departed and went out to a desolate place. He went to a place of prayer. I wonder if this was a regular place of prayer, a place set aside to be with his Father? I think we all need a place to where to escape to pray. It's probably in our house. But it's "my place to pray". The more often you retreat to this place, the more sacred it becomes.
4. And there he prayed. He prayed. He realized prayer was a lifeblood for him. His power to do miracles came from prayer. He chose his disciples after a night of prayer.
You must choose when prayer best works for you. But I do think we can learn from our Master, Jesus, in how he chose to pray. Early morning, at a special place, he prayed. From there came his power.
It is the source of our power too.