Mark 1:35 ESV – And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.
I love reading this verse. Here is Jesus, the King of the World, and He takes a minute to go out alone and spend time with God. He isolates Himself, temporarily, in order to realign His priorities. Of course, we could jump into a theological discussion about whether or not His priorities could even be off, but that’s beside the point here.
If we ought to model our lives after Jesus, then this is a prime example of something I struggle with. I wish I had more discipline here. I’m not super famous like Jesus was, but I should still take some time in the early morning to focus on the Most Important Thing. If I don’t do this, how can I expect the rest of my day to be properly aligned?
Am I crazy? Do you think that this early-morning stuff is important, or does the time of day not really matter? Are you an early riser, or is this a part of Jesus’ life that’s hard to imitate?