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The very first chapter of Mark is chocked full of interesting stuff.  Read it, it is so neat.  You quickly see that Jesus is on the move, is shaking and baking, is in demand…. is healing people all over the place…….and that everyone in the whole city is coming to him.  He was in Capernaum, which was an international trade route.  It was a big city on the edge of the Sea of Galilee.  It was like, Miami.  Big, bustling, business, happening and on the edge of the water……alluring, sexy. Caliente…..hot (I love south Florida).

In verse 32-33 the record states that all the sick came to Jesus for healing and that the whole town gathered at the door.  Everyone in the town was there……at the door.  It was a lot of work for Jesus.  He needed some time away…  A vacation, a 3 day weekend, a cruise….a time on the AT, and early out, time alone.    Here is what he did, when faced the night before with a lot of ……..well,…….stuff. 

Verse 35 says that very early in the next morning….while it was still dark….yep, before the alarm…..Jesus got up, left the house (where all the people were the night before and were probably camped out waiting for him) and he got up,…went to a solitary place…………where he prayed.

You got stuff crushing in around you?  You have an endless group of people wanting from you?  You have people at your door….creditors, neighbors, bosses, workers, family, friends, kids…, employees……. just stuff coming at you?  Jesus got up early in the morning……..went off alone ……  and prayed. 

I put my ipod down…… sat on my porch and just prayed….all alone at 5am.  I do this often.  Jesus did too.  You want to start off your day right?  Get out somewhere alone….by yourself…..and pray.  Please try it.  Jesus did. 

louie

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