Scripture
Read Mark 1:29-39

Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. Later Simon and the others went out to find him.  When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.” But Jesus replied, “We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too. That is why I came.” Mark 1:35-38 NLT

Observation 
Jesus and the disciples were traveling about Galilee preaching, healing the sick, and casting out demons. As you can imagine, the crowds of people grew as they were seeking to be healed and to hear his teachings. Despite all the miracles and people they were reaching as they went, Jesus still needed to spend alone time with the Father. I’m sure that time was time of Renewing, Direction, Guidance, Inspiration, a time for Jesus to focus on God alone.

Application
These days our lives are so busy with so many things to distract us, they pull us in so many different directions. We all have daily responsibilities, taking care of our families, relationships, household chores, our jobs, technology and habits both good and bad that take our time. Even things that we do for our God, our church, and others, all take our time. Even though many of these things are very important, spending time with God is even more important. Just as spending time with God was important to Jesus, so it should be important to us. God loves us so very much; He longs to connect and spend time with us. We need to have a time when we are quiet, a time when our minds are still, and our hearts are open and focused on God alone. 

Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank You for this precious prayer time that I can spend with You. Thank You for the work that You have done and are doing in my life, for blessing me with family, friends, and purpose. I pray that You would continue to humble my heart, still my mind, speak life into me and all that You would have me do in our prayer time. In all things, help me focus on You first. Amen

Ed Bungard, Next Steps Leader/Connection Group Leader
White Oak Campus

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