“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).
Habits have long been realized as essential to our wellbeing. Every life has a habit. For example, most of every one of us must brush their teeth early in the morning, as a habit. In most households there is a habit of greeting each other, first thing in the day. When you have a habit, you do not need to be prompted for it is part of you. Like washing hands before dining; those with this habit, do not need to be reminded.
The Lord Jesus had a habit, as we see in our verse today. It was the habit of walking up early in the morning to pray. Perhaps we may speculate on the reason behind this habit of his. First, the morning is usually in most places a quiet time allowing one to be alone without interruption and concentrate on a certain matter. Jesus did not want any destruction when talking to His Father in heaven. Then, also, for most people when they rise up there are fully energized after a night’s rest. With their minds alert they can bring their needs to the Almighty God with a clear purpose.
Your life may have as many habits, but one which could be just as helpful is waking up early to pray, as a first thing. Psalm 5:3, says, “In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” There is of course no time of the day God has earmarked believers for prayers, nor locking one in a particular position like the Mohammedans. However, taking after the regular habit of Jesus, this one might be a good habit, worth adopting.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, I rise up early in the morning to give you praise for you have been so good to me, and may you go ahead of me today, this I pray in Jesus’s name.
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“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”- (Philippians 4:6).
Perhaps you have heard of a certain old magical trade known as mind reading. According to this trade which has been around for millenniums and has its share of tricksters, mind readers are able to discern thought patterns of individuals before they even utter a word. There are places in the world where this, as expected, is a lucrative occupation, with practitioners, often crafty magicians, demanding hefty fees, just to tell thoughts of others.
As Christians, of course, we have an all knowing God, who has said, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” ( Mathew 6:8). Further, our Lord has pointed out, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” ( Mathew 6:7). As Christians when we come to God, we do so with full confidence, that He already knows our needs and will meet them according to his glorious riches in heaven.
Of particular interest for us here is that while God perfectly knows our needs before we even dare utter a single word, still it is incumbent upon us to make our requests known to Him. A parent may have long noticed a child has a need for a new pair of shoes; but it is another dimension, when the child does come out and share aloud that his pair is worn out, hurting and is quite in need of a new one. The parent takes notice, especially when the matter is presented with such conviction and urgency. This is why Hannah cried out to God for a child ( 1 Samuel 1:9-18).
In our relationship with God, as the Apostle Paul advises us, it is not just enough to assume and let matters be, that after all God knows all our needs, but we too bear a responsibility to make our requests known to Him. Once we are done with that, we let God do His part, allowing “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” ( Philippians 4:7) to flood us.
So, today, do not hold back your needs from the Almighty God. He has paved the way to walk to Him through His son Jesus Christ, to present your case, bear out your heart’s desire, and let Him do His part!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to make my requests known to you, knowing you have heard me even before I utter a single word, assured that you will meet each and every one of my needs, according to your glorious riches in heaven!