11 February 2020 -Mark 1:35 (NIV)

11 February 2020 -Mark 1:35 (NIV)

Scripture

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.

Reflection

Despite a full day of ministry (vv. 21–34), Jesus got up the next morning very early, before daybreak (about 4 a.m.) and went out to a solitary place (cf. v. 4) where He spent time praying. The Greek word, erēmon, translates as ‘uninhabited or remote’. Jesus withdrew from the approval of the Capernaum crowds to a remote and uninhabited place to spend time with God.

During these uncertain times, let us follow Jesus’ example and create a daily routine where we go to a place where we won’t be distracted to spend quality time with our heavenly Father. Note, even though Jesus had a full day of ministry, He still made it a priority to spend time with the Father. Let Jesus’ life of prayer be an encouragement for us to persist during these uncertain times. Let us keep our eyes on Jesus and let us keep Him at the center of our lives.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Pray that the perfect love of Christ will cast out fear and anxiety that creeps into our hearts from fake news and misinformation. Use Philippians 4:6-7 as a reference when you pray.

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Con Loggenberg - Discipleship Director
Con Loggenberg is the Discipleship Director at Shanghai Community Fellowship (SCF) and a graduate of University of Pretoria, South Africa and South African Theological Seminary. He and his Texan wife, and twin boys live in Shanghai, China.