Presence Devotion #8

Matt Destry – Communications Pastor


Mark 1:35-39


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. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”

Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.

What would it look like for you if you were to put God first in your schedule or diary? We fill our lives with so many important things, and often, forget what is most important.

Jesus here gets up early in the morning, to spend time in prayer with his Father. The striking thing here is not what happens to Jesus AS he prays, but what happens AFTER he prays. Returning after that time, Jesus is bombarded with requests, demands and the needs of people. His disciples exclaim “everyone is looking for you!”

How easy is it to start our day with the things that need to be done, rather than the thing that we really need to do! Jesus here shows why his time with his Father and his God-first priority is so powerful. In the face of the pressures and demands right at His doorstep – Jesus was able to make a wise (and perhaps strategic) decision. Instead of listening to the needs and urgency all around him, Jesus responded this way: “Let us go somewhere else… that is why I have come”. Wow! In the place of prayer, early in the morning, Jesus received a sense of priority and stately for his day, and also an assured-ness of his identity and calling.

Perhaps if we miss our time with God, we might miss the most central element of our faith and the very thing that will allow our day to be productive for us and fruitful for the Kingdom.

Reflective Questions

  1. What is keeping you from regular time with God?
  2. When is the ‘best time’ for you to spend #15inmychair ?
  3. What resources are you finding helpful in this process?
  4. How can others keep you accountable to a God-first schedule?