Mark was probably the first Gospel written. It was penned by John Mark, who was not one of the 12 Disciples but was a follower of Jesus and a companion of Paul and Barnabas on their mission journeys to “go and make disciples.”
The 1st Chapter skips over everything prior to the start of Jesus’ public ministry only lightly touching on John the Baptist, Jesus’ Baptism, and His Temptation by Satan. Then quickly taking the reader through an intimate look at the person, work, and teachings of “Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.” (Mark 1:1)
As I read today’s verses, two stood out to me . . . one prompted a question and the other provided an answer.
Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.Mark 1:35
The question – Why did Jesus pray?
“We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too. That is why I came.”Mark 1:38
The answer – Jesus came to preach and testify to the truth about the Kingdom of God. (John 18:37)
Jesus who was and is fully God and fully man prayed…
- Because He wanted to spend time talking with His Father.
- To show His followers the importance and blessing of prayer.
And then He preached. It’s why He came . . . to “go and tell.”
If you and I are to “go and tell” the Good News, like Jesus, we need to pray first!
Thankfully, we have some clear examples of many of the things Jesus prayed for Himself…
That the Father would be glorified. (Matthew 5:16)
That His followers would be united. (John 17:23)
That God’s will would be done. (Matthew 6:10)
In times of anguish and suffering. (Luke 22:44)
With thanks for His blessings. (John 6:11)
And praise. (Luke 10:21)
We are also to pray for forgiveness. (Matthew 6:12)
For strength in times of temptation. (Matthew 6:13)
These are prayers God wants to answer with a huge “YES” because He knows that they are things we need to “go and tell” the Good News with TRUTH and LOVE.
You Need to Pray First
Will you pray with me.
Father, Your Word says “never stop praying.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) I want that! I want my heart and mind in constant communication with You. I want to know and do Your will so that I might glorify with my life.
I want to share Your love and tell everyone I meet about Your goodness and grace. I want to publicly thank and praise You for Your countless blessings.
Father, please forgive me for falling short of Your plans and purposes and help me forgive those who fall short in ways that have hurt me. Please deliver me from evil and give me everything I need to endure when I am tempted.
I give myself to You. Please use me today for Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Friend, whatever you are facing today . . . PRAY FIRST! The Father is waiting for you and you don’t have to have the perfect words, you don’t have to have any words—just go to Him with a surrendered heart and trust His love.
He [Jesus] is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.Romans 8:34
And if He thought it was important to pray first should we do any less!
So, on today’s note, simply write…
God bless you today as you give yourself in faith and prayer to the One who loves you more than you can even imagine!
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