Daily Inspiration: What Jesus Did with His Downtime
March 23, 2020, 4:00 AM

Mark 1:35-38

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. And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.”

 

Thought for Today

Now that the fear has largely subsided and the new normal of “shelter in place” has most of us with more downtime than we anticipated, I began to wonder what Jesus would did when He found a little downtime. This week we will consider what Jesus did in those rare moments of downtime and see how His practices can help us in our current circumstances. From the very beginning of His ministry, Jesus looked for moments to Himself. As His fame spread, as early as Mark 1, Jesus’ schedule started to get squeezed. Crowds followed Him everywhere. His newly appointed disciples kept a close eye on Him. So, early in the morning Jesus snuck away for some time alone in prayer with His Father. Even in the midst of His busyness and fame Jesus made time to pray. Staying in touch with His Heavenly Father was essential to keep Jesus grounded and focused on His ultimate goal, especially as other people’s expectations of Jesus grew. Most of us wish we had more time to pray. We struggle to squeeze in a few moments to talk to God each day. Over the next few weeks many of us will have extra time. If we don’t use it intentionally it will slip away and will regret not having used it more purposefully. Our three weeks of mandated shelter in place time is also long enough to begin forming new habits. Look at your plan for the rest of this week. Where can you set aside time to send with God? What resources should you set aside? A Bible? Devotional book? Prayer plan? Get it all together. Place it in a quiet place where you can spend time with God. Then, start spending more time in God’s presence. It is what Jesus would do.

 

Prayer

Lord God, you know how often I desire to spend more time with You. Help me to be intentional with my time in these quiet weeks to grow in my relationship with You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays. ― Soren Kierkegaard

 

Quote of the Day

Success is the sum of small efforts - repeated day in and day out. — Robert Collier



Comments

03-23-2020 at 5:06 AM
Andrea Numrich
What a great way to begin my week with a calming peace. Yes, this new normal leaves us with much more time to be “intentional” with our praying. Have a great week with the Lord!
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