Making time to pray
"And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed."
Every day we communicate with people around us. Prayer is simply our way of communicating with our Father in heaven and is an important part of our relationship with Him. To not pray to our Father would be like not speaking to people.
Sadly, many times we say we are too busy or don’t find the time to set apart to pray. To say we don't have time to set aside to pray to our Father would be like saying to our loved ones or others around us, 'sorry, I am too busy to speak to you'. But when we see the example Jesus left we understand that it is vital to make this time to speak with our Father.
In Mark 1 we read how Jesus was going about doing the will of His Father. People were flocking to Him. Even after a long day of ministering and healing the sick, when the sun was setting, they brought to him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils. The whole city gathered together where Jesus was staying.
Yet despite all of this busyness and demands on Jesus' time, He still woke up before daybreak and departed into a solitary place, and there He prayed - communing alone with His Father.
Every day we need to set time apart to spend in prayer with our Father. This is the time when we can make known to Him those things which we are battling with and to ask Him for strength and wisdom.
Every day we need to find a place where we can just sit alone and tell our Father how grateful we are for His love, grace and mercy.
So today, let us not make excuses why we can’t speak to our Father. Rather, may we each make a conscious decision not to allow our busyness, our families, or anything else for that matter, to come between us and our very special time of being alone and just speaking to our all loving Father.
Additional scriptures for reading:
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
1 Thessalonians 5:17
Pray without ceasing.
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.
The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer.
5And when you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father which is in secret; and your Father which sees in secret shall reward you openly.