“Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. Later Simon and the others went out to find him. When they found him, they said, ‘Everyone is looking for you’.” (Mark 1: 35-37 NLT)
As our hearts long to pour out to those around us, we must continuously seek out the Father’s will and replenish our strength through prayer. Jesus just had a full day of healing many that were sick with various needs. I’m sure he was tired, as the scriptures outline that he was fully God, but also fully man (Col. 2:9). If Jesus, who is the son of God sought the Father’s will every morning for his day, how much more do we need to seek out our Father daily.
With the ever growing demand for our lives to be on display through social media with the highlights, the ever increasing trend of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) spreading throughout our culture, how can we ensure that our days are driven by God’s will for our lives and not the demands placed on us by culture and societal norms? In short, prayer.
Prayer allows us to connect with our Father. We can receive guidance and direction from him through prayer. Jesus was giving us an example of prioritizing our time before we set out to tackle our day. He began his day with prayer and seeking the Father’s will. Simon stated that everyone was looking for Jesus; however, Jesus replied “We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too. That is why I came” (Mark 1:38). We see here Jesus helped the people and they wanted more from Jesus, but after spending time alone in prayer with God, Jesus knew it was time to move forward and give to others.
Do you allow the demands of others in your life to dictate your direction or do you seek out the Father’s will before moving in any direction? This is something we must all ask ourselves. Am I living in God’s will or my own will or perhaps the will of those around me? Who dictates what your day looks like?
Let’s purpose to isolate ourselves from the noise and tune into the voice of God and His will for our lives. What does an isolated place look like for you? Is it simply getting up before others in the home to ensure that quiet time, just you and God? Or maybe a prayer closet (a room carved out solely for undisturbed prayer time). Maybe it’s in your car on your drive in to work…just you and God in the car. Regardless of the place, the underlying theme here is just you and God. Seek out the Father’s will for your day before you set out to tackle your to-do list. He wants to direct your steps. Will you allow him to?
“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your path.” (Prov. 3:6)
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for showing me through prayer how to decide if I should turn left or right or simply keep going straight. Keep me from conforming to societal demands. I want your will for my life, and I choose to seek you out in all that I do. In Jesus’s name I pray. Amen!