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.

Mark 1:35 (NIV)

Have you ever noticed how often Jesus withdraws? Mark 1:35 is right on the heels of the “whole town” gathering at Jesus’ door. I’m sure that evening was rewarding, busy, emotional, and taxing. After a night full of meeting everyone else’s needs, how does Jesus begin the very next day? He didn’t hit snooze! He got up early, excuse me, VERY early in the morning so he could talk to his Heavenly Father.

Jesus did this all the time. He pulled away from all the busyness of saving the world to spend time talking with God. Jesus is our leader. He is our example. What does this pattern and practice in his life mean for how you approach your days?

How about this week you make a choice to value your conversation with God more than your sleep? Set your alarm 20 or 30 minutes early to pray and see what happens.

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