When God Sends A Text
When God Sends A Text (Mark 1:35)
Mark 1:35, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”
Jesus' first source of power was His sense of prayer. When Jesus prayed. He prayed "in the morning, rising up a great while before day." Remember, the day before had been the Sabbath, an extremely tiring day. He had taught and had expended enormous energy in teaching and ministering. He had been up late at night ministering to the whole city that had flocked to the house where He was staying. Jesus was very popular. The crowds sought Him out! Everyone wanted to be with Him! Masses of people followed Him for various reasons…meals, miracles, or monarchy. They either wanted to hear Him, ask Him a question, or get Him to heal a loved one. From daylight to dusk Jesus was sought. When the crowd knew He was in town, they found Him. Jesus never had a moment alone unless He made it happen. It is very important that you have time alone with GOD. Jesus loved God and He loved people. He spent time with both. He knew how much time to be with people and how much time to be with God. The solitary place is not identified. The fact of importance is that He had a place where He could be alone with God. He needed to be alone with God. The needs of people were great and their demands would be continuous. He would be busied by the needs of men and by the attacks of both Satan and institutional religion. The days would be long, taxing, and exhausting. He needed the strength of God and a special anointing as He went forth launching this very special mission.
There are at least three times when God wrote.
1) Tables of stone - 10 Commandments (Exodus 31:18)
2) Writing on the wall (Daniel 5:5)
3) Jesus wrote on the ground (John 8:2-8)
We are living in times when we do a lot of communicating by text messaging:
Today it is undeniable that most people must always have their cell phones with them at all times. We all have become so dependent on modern technology. In short, we have become so devoted to our technology. Technology has its place in our society. In fact, if it were not for technology, you would not be reading this devotion.
When I was a teenager (mid 80’s - early 90’s) we could go places and actually enjoy ourselves and others company having a great time while never having to know what was going on someplace else. We have come so far in such a short time. How did we ever make it back in those days? LOL.
Often in the Bible we come across the phrase, “And the word of the LORD came unto…” We read this concerning Ezekiel, Jonah, Jehu, Jeremiah and others. These verses speak of the LORD wanting to speak to His people to communicate to them. Imagine that! Think about the times when you read the Bible. What does God speak to you about? Today, rather than pursuing your cell phone or email, etc., make sure to devote some time and seek the Lord and find out what message He has for you.
Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”
John 16:24, “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”
Ephesians 6:18, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”
I Thessalonians 5:17, “Pray without ceasing.”
Note five things concerning the prayers of Jesus:
1. He felt a need for prayer.
2. He valued prayer above sleep.
3. He prayed before the day’s activities began (Psalm 5:3).
4. He prayed in solitude.
5. He prayed at length.
Question to Consider:
If Jesus, the Son of Man, needed so much time alone with God in prayer, how much more do we?
What about your "appointment" with God?
Do you have a specific time and place you meet God each day?
Points to Ponder:
When we make appointments in life, we always designate a time and a place to meet.
Have a special time daily in God's Word.
Prayer, Father in Heaven, I know You desire to spend time with me, and I desire spending time with You. May our time spent together be quality time, free from distractions that I may hear you speak to me. In Jesus name, Amen.
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