Day 4 – Spending Time with God
Today’s Reading: Mark 1:21 – 2:12
Reflection verse: 1:35 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.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download
As we read this account of Jesus beginning his public ministry on earth, we see Jesus preaching, teaching, healing, and driving out demons. If miracles are being done, best believe the crowds are going to come. And indeed, the crowds came. How exciting it is to witness such a spectacle, even as we read it today!
If we take a closer look we see the less exciting part of Jesus’ ministry — Prayer. With his growing popularity, it’s amazing to see how intentional Jesus was in finding a quiet place to spend time with the father. He even left the house…
Everyone is drawn to the public life of Jesus the healer and the one who can drive out demons. But how many of us are drawn to and intrigued by the private life of Jesus, the intecessor? My guess is not many…
We live very public lives today — work, social gatherings, meet-ups, social media, family, friends, school… Let us learn from Jesus’ example and be intentional about spending private quiet time with our Heavenly Father. Over the remainder of this Lent season, go out of your way to spend time with your God; and even try to get away to do so. Allow for that time with him to transform how you interact with the many people you encounter everyday.
- For all the many hours we spend in front of people, how much of that time are we spending ministering to them?
- And how much time are we spending seeking the father’s presence having been in the presence of people all day?
- Do you seek the presence of the father like you seek the presence of people?
Prayer: Lord, help me to yearn to spend time with you. Give me the desire to go out of my way to be alone with you. As I spend more time with you, please make my time with others more meaningful for your kingdom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.