Morning Prayer by Shaun Wilcox
By Shaun Willcock, Bible Based Ministries, South Africa www.biblebasedministries.co.uk
“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, He went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed” (Mark 1:35)
Is not the Lord Jesus Christ our great Example? Are we not to seek to pattern our lives after His? Then where are those who seek, however feebly, to emulate Him in His praying?
Our Lord loved to pray to His heavenly Father. And in the passage quoted above, we find Him rising very early – “a great while before day” – to converse with His Father in prayer.
Let us meditate on this portion of Scripture for a while; and draw out its lessons. They are lessons that far too many of God’s children are failing to heed.
Firstly, note the words, “And in the morning.” Our Lord went to prayer early, before He did anything else. He began the day in prayer. Oh, what a rebuke this is to many Christians! There is no time like the morning for praying to our Father. The night has passed; a new day, full of unknown promise and unknown trials, is ahead; all is quiet and peaceful; the time is perfect for private communion with God. The fact that your eyes opened this morning was entirely due to the goodness and mercy of the Lord; “For in Him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28); “He giveth to all life, and breath” (Acts 17:25). Did you rise and acknowledge Him?