There are moments in life where you will be in high demand. Depending upon the emergency, project or situation, people will turn to you for advice. To avoid any impure motives, pride or selfish ambitions, Jesus developed a morning routine. This spiritual discipline involved getting up early, withdrawing to a quiet place and praying to God. As a way to clear his mind, Jesus meditated, listened in silence and poured out his heart to God. This daily exercise prevented Jesus from losing touch with reality.
Early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left [the house], and went out to a secluded place, and was praying there, Mark 1:35.
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about Jesus’ disciples. Caught up in the instant rock star status of their leader, it appears the disciples were afraid to tell fans no. After Jesus healed his mother in law, Peter sought to please people, hoping everyone could experience the joy his own family felt. Subsequently, Peter became like Jesus’ agent, booking appointments for future healings and miracles. When Jesus was located the next day, Peter had to scrap his plan as God gave Jesus a clear vision for the future.
Simon [Peter] and his companions searched [everywhere, looking anxiously] for Him, 37 and they found Him and said, “Everybody is looking for You!” 38 He replied, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so I may preach there also; that is why I came [from the Father].” Mark 1:36-38.
Recently, I have been so consumed with my own dreams, goals and objectives that I have lost touch with reality. I guess I became so focused, fixated on what I wanted that I haven’t taken the time to be still and meet with God. Sure, I’ve had my morning devotions and prayer, but as soon as I was finished its back to what I want to do. This is a dangerous place to find yourself, blinded by selfish ambition. If you want to avoid making the same mistake that Peter and I have made, take a step back, find and quiet place and listen to the Lord. If you make this a weekly practice, you will be less likely to lose touch with reality.
by Jay Mankus