Wednesday, February 23, 2000
In the morning, while it was still very dark, [Jesus] got up and
went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.
-- Mark 1:35, New Revised Standard Version
The alarm goes off, we finally get out of bed. We start
getting ready, "I'm in such a rush!" After shaving, and
dressing, we make ourselves presentable. Then we reach for our juice or
coffee and run out to the car. "I've got a million things on my
mind." Fight traffic, only to find yesterday's work in front of us.
"Oh, I am so behind." You begin to work, maybe, you slip off
to go the bathroom, grab some coffee or water, but none the less, you are a
working madman or woman.
When is it that you begin your
prayer life? At your desk, while looking at all of the many things
before you? What about in traffic? Maybe while you are getting
ready, or even in the shower, you offer your prayers.
I have a thought, instead of
sharing your prayer time with the sound of water trickling down the drain, the
hair dryer, moving cars or the load of stuff at your desk, why not go to a
quiet place, be still and pray?
Hear the Good News, prayer will
change your day, it will change your life.
Holy God, thank you for allowing me to go to you to start my day.
Help me to use this opportunity to start my day off with you. Empower me
to walk with you, sharing your Good News with everyone. I love you so
much for all you are and all you have done for me. In Jesus' name I