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Imagine for a moment that you’ve just finished a very busy day. You were on your feet for 16 or more hours. You interacted with hundreds of people, each of whom was vying for your time and asking if you could help them in some way. Finally, the day comes to an end and you quickly fall into a deep sleep.
How would you begin the next day? Would you choose to sleep in? Would you plan to get up at the normal hour but take the day nice and slow?
The above scenario was common during the life and ministry of Jesus. But on more than one occasion, He responded by getting up early the following day and then seeking out an isolated place to pray. He wanted to eliminate any possible distractions so He could spend some one-on-one time with his heavenly father.
As you read today, take some time to think about why Jesus sought out an isolated place to pray. Similarly, take some time to identify any distractions that may be hindering your prayer life.
READING & JOURNALING:
Why do you think Jesus got up early to seek out an isolated place to pray?
What are some things that are distracting you from spending quality time with God in prayer? In what ways would you benefit from regularly spending time alone in prayer? Be specific.
Heavenly Father, Your Word says that each and every moment of my life ought to be in prayer – in close communion with You. Today, may I recognize Your gracious presence in every area of my life. I also pray that I’m able to easily recognize Your voice and be comforted by Your presence. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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