The gospel of Mark has been called the gospel of action because it presents us with the picture of a Savior who is constantly on the move. One of Mark’s favorite words to use is the word ‘immediately’ which he uses nine times in just the first chapter. The first three chapters of Mark record the baptism of Jesus, His temptation in the wilderness, His miracles, and the calling of His first disciples. Yet despite all of His busy activity, Mark 1:35 says, “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.”
Don’t you find that amazing? Jesus was perfect in every way. His heart was perfectly content. There was no lack of balance in His life like there often is in mine. His prayer life was the way He intimately spent time with His Father. Even His own earthly family accused Him of being out of His mind because He was constantly on the go. To them, it seemed like it was too much, but it really wasn’t. He came for the purpose of giving His life up for the sake of others. Prayer was like breathing for Him. It ought to be that way for us, too!
If the Son of God made prayer a daily habit, what about us? Jesus made it His priority to begin His day in uninterrupted prayer in a desolate place free from distraction. So should we. Perhaps the best time of day for you is early in the morning. Or, perhaps it is right after supper. Even still, others prefer to spend uninterrupted time with God just before they go to bed. Prayer is the believer’s great privilege. Lord, teach us to pray!