Have you ever had one of those days when it seemed that for every step you took forward, it was like you took two steps backward? I mean, nothing went right. It happens to all of us. I believe one of the reasons our days begin so out-of-sync is that perhaps our priorities are out of whack.
How does a typical day begin with you? I was reading in the gospel of Mark the other day and right there in chapter 1, we get an idea of the daily priorities of Jesus. Verses 21-34 of chapter 1 describe for us what appears to be a very busy day of ministry for Jesus – a day of performing miracles, teaching and healing. You know He was tired at the end of that day. But it’s Mark 1:35 that got my attention, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” I love this about Jesus! While it was still dark and giving up some well-deserved sleep, Jesus chose to start His day with His Father in prayer. Jesus knew He needed that time in prayer to be refreshed, encouraged and strengthened for the day ahead.
Now, if Jesus needed that time with God the Father, doesn’t it make sense that you and I do as well? Jesus, by example, shows us that the most important appointment of every day is that first appointment with God. I know not all of you are “early risers” but I believe Jesus is showing us that we need to begin each day allowing our Heavenly Father to refresh and strengthen us for what we will face that day. Starting our day in prayer with God means we are intentionally choosing to rely on His strength rather than our strength for that day. It means following the example of Jesus and starting every day with God in prayer – first things first. May God bless you and I hope to see you and your family in church this coming Lord’s Day!