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While it was still dark

“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

What does your prayer life look like? Do you take time daily to pray? Maybe you pray throughout the day. Do you look forward to your time talking to God? Over the years my prayer life has changed. As I take more and more time to pray, I have learned time and time again of the importance of talking to my Daddy.

Jesus- my greatest example

My greatest example has been Jesus. It amazes me that the Son of God, the Savior of the World, took time to pray. Jesus knows everything. He knows the beginning to the end. Yet, Jesus also knew the importance of taking time to talk to His Daddy. Jesus knew the source of all His strength. He knew that He had to surrender to God’s will before the day even began.

I can learn so much from Jesus. He began His day by getting up and going straight to God. Jesus took the time to get away from the busyness and demands of life. He took time to talk with His Daddy to build the most important relationship. How do you start your day? As Moms, we always have something going. Depending on the season of life we are in, we may only have a few minutes to talk to God. Any amount of time you can talk to God is investing in your relationship with Him. So, follow Jesus’ example and take it when you can get it.

Source of strength

The other thing I learn about Jesus is that He knew the source of all His strength. Jesus knew He couldn’t face the day without tapping into God’s power. Yes, Jesus is fully God, but He was human on earth. He needed to depend on God’s supernatural strength. Do you depend on God for strength? Or do you depend on yourself and end up running dry? You will never run out of God’s strength. Take time the time for a fill up each morning like Jesus did.


The final thing I learn from Jesus in this verse is that I must take the time to surrender to His will for my day. Too often, I plow into my day with a long list of to do’s. I’m ready to conquer the world and knock out anything that stands in my way. It’s not a bad thing to be motivated or have a plan. But, too often our plans change or something or someone gets in our way. When we take the time to surrender our day to God each morning, the interruptions turn into divine appointments because we have the eyes to see how God is working.


God longs for us to be like Jesus. He desires us to pause and take time away from the busyness of life. God wants a relationship with us. He also desires to fill us up with more than enough strength to face whatever comes our way. Will you surrender to God’s will for your day? I promise that you will have a better day!

Heavenly Father, I love that Jesus came to You each day. If Jesus needed to do that, I know I definitely need it. God, I want to be filled up with Your strength instead of my own. I desire to surrender my day to You and long for Your will. Thank You for caring so deeply about me. In Jesus name, Amen.



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  1. Sarah Yoder on March 25, 2016 at 12:53 am

    What a perfect meditation for the day we remember Jesus’ wrestling in prayer in Gesthemane. Thanks for sharing these words of wisdom.

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