Mark 1:35 NIV “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.”
Many wonder why Jesus was so successful in the things He did while He was on earth. It is not because He was the son of God. As a matter of fact, Scripture reveals to us that He laid down His divinity, and took upon Himself flesh in the manner of men (Heb.10:5, Phil.2:5-8). The secret of His success was in the time He spent alone with God. His power was generated in the place of prayer. His wisdom came from “rubbing minds” with the Father, and His strategy for execution was as a result of His daily encounter with the Father (Joh.14:10).
It is the habits that we form that determine our destiny. As the Scripture suggests, Jesus was in the habit of getting up while it was early and spending a few hours with God. Many of us when we have a busy schedule think it most appropriate to rise up early and get to work, but this is a poor strategy. Jesus in Luke 14, Jesus extols the virtues of strategizing, in verse 31, “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?” Hence the ability to win a battle is not dependent on numbers but on strategy employed.
Your time in God’s presence should be one to energize your spirit man in prayer (1 Cor.14:4). It is also a time of refreshing ideas with the Father (Jam.1:5). It is a time to receive instruction and direction (Ps.32:8). The idea is to pray and receive from God strength, instruction and direction from God. Make it a part of your daily life to spend a few minutes alone with God. Away from the noise, away from the distraction of social media and electronics. Just a solitary time to inquire and plan what lies ahead of you.
Scripture to Meditate: 1 Cor.2:6-9, Jer.33:3, Joh.15:7, Ps.16:11