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 pray. Amen.