“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” (Mark 1:35)
We need all the help we can get to pray. Our verse gives us some very good helps that will encourage us to pray. In our verse is the person who prayed, the passion for prayer, the priority of prayer, and the place of prayer.
Person who prayed. Some folk do not think we need to pray. But in our verse, it is Jesus Christ Who is praying. If He, the matchless Son of God needed to pray, how much more should we fallible human beings need to pray. Some think prayer is just for the weak or fearful. But Christ prayed, and He was the strongest and boldest of all.
Passion for prayer. “Rising up a great while before day.” Getting up early in the morning showed the passion Christ had for prayer. For many folk, just getting up at the normal time requires much effort. Thus to get up extra early to pray means great effort indeed. But if you are going to have much success in prayer, you will have to put some major effort into praying. Like anything else, little effort will produce little results; but big effort will produce big results.
Priority of prayer. “Rising up a great while before day.” Christ wanted to pray early in the morning. This does not mean you cannot pray at days’ end or at any other time during the day. Rather what is taught here is the priority of prayer. We need to start our days, our projects, our trips, and our work with prayer. If we started more things with prayer, we would not finish so many things with problems.
Place of prayer. “Solitary place.” We can pray in any place, but it is so helpful to be in a private place when you pray. Private prayer does not negate public prayer, but it enhances the effectiveness of our praying. In the privacy of your prayer place, you can pray without the distractions of a more public place. Everyone needs a private place to engage in daily prayer. It may be your bedroom or office or another secluded spot. A farmer may choose the haymow in his barn. Value the private place. It will help your prayer life.