“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” (Mark 1:35).
David gave this same example in Psalm 5:3; “in the morning you hear my voice”.
There is no rule that says a quiet time must be done early in the morning, but Jesus’ example points to important points we need to think about. In an age when the demands for our attention are increasing through the use of social media and attractions, we need to stop and examine our priorities. Can Face Book, texting, iPhones, downloadable movies and games really have a higher priority than spending time with Jesus in the Word? Consider the impact He alone can have on your day, your life, marriage, family, work and ministry. All the technology in the world cannot replace hearing God speak to us through His Word which will prepare us for what is ahead in this day.
Rising early in the morning “while it was still dark” indicates that spending time with His Father had the highest priority and value to Jesus. The “desolate place” shows it was a place without distractions. It is hard to listen to God’s voice when we are distracted. Many have said to me that they have too much going on in their lives to have a quiet time with the Lord every day. I have been convicted in my own life that if there is too much going on to spend time early in the morning with Jesus, then there are things I am doing that are not God’s will. PAUSE AND CONSIDER!