As I was about to pray this morning, I began to remember several things I needed to do. This and that and oh by the way became one distraction after another. Before I went any further I heard a whisper that grabbed my attention, “put it down and turn it off.”
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, Mark 1:35.
Maybe I am the only one who struggles with this, but if I don’t start the day off by reading the Bible and prayer, my schedule usually fills up quickly. Thus, the moment I start a project around the house or turn on the television, time with the Lord becomes a distant memory.
Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come,” Mark 1:38.
Perhaps, this may explain the events of Mark 1. Jesus recognized the distractions awaiting individuals each day. To avoid getting sidetracked, following the crowd or failing to go where God wants you to be, a quiet time is a great way to become plugged into the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the next time you feel the urge to put God on hold, put what you’re doing down, turn off the television or your phone and be still before the Almighty God.
by Jay Mankus