Mark 1:35  And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

As believers and disciples, we should follow the example of our Lord and Master Jesus Christ. He lived a life of prayer, and He consistently went to a solitary place to pray.

Jesus the Messiah was a man of prayer, constantly in touch with His Father.

As believers and disciples, withdrawing from the crowd to a solitary place to be alone with the Father will result in the greater works spoken of by Jesus. 

No matter what we are facing in life, the answer to our unanswered questions waits for us in that solitary place.

Such solitary prayer is best practised in the depths of the night, or early morning (before day). That's because the day brings with it the cares of the day.

In that place and time of solitude, talk out with God all the issues facing you, one by one, in your own words, in your own personal way.

Make it a habit to pray for all needs, large or small. Start with the fundamentals. Ask God to help you in your prayer time. Tell Him you want to draw closer to Him, that you want to diligently seek Him. Then pray for everything you need, food, clothing, shelter. If your shirt is torn, ask Him for a new shirt. If a pipe is leaking, bring it to Him in your prayer. 

It is true that God knows all our needs and can provide them without our asking. But if He did that, then we would live like the animals who have all their needs provided without asking for them. God wants us to be more than animals. He wants us to draw all our needs from Him, and the only way we can draw all our needs from Him is by carrying all our needs to Him.

The life of prayer is difficult, when we pray for something repeatedly and see no results. Then we must wait patiently like the farmer who sows his seed, waters the field, and plucks up the weeds. Beyond that, what can he do? He must wait for the combined effect of sun, wind, rain, and earth, to cause his crop to grow and flourish. So too the one who lives a life of prayer must wait to see God's blessings interacting with his circumstances till the field is abloom with flowers and rich in fruit.

 

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