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What If We Did It At the Beginning?

"In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there."

Mark 1:35

As I write this post, I am reminded of the words to a favorite Hymn, In The Garden:

Sunrise over a lake

I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses

And the voice I hear, falling on my ear

The Son of God discloses

And He walks with me, and He talks with me

And He tells me I am His own.

And the joy we share as we tarry there

None other has ever known.

Jesus has called us to learn from Him and to follow His example in every way. In Matthew 11:28-29, when he instructs us to take his yoke upon us and to learn from him, he was not just being rhetorical when he said they were light and easy.

He wants us to crawl into the yoke with him and walk alongside him. He wants to carry the weight of the burdens we have from not knowing what the future holds, from having no power within ourselves to be righteous, and ceasing to strive. He wants us to learn from him. That section of this Scripture is often left out when it is quoted, but it is an essential aspect of what Jesus was teaching.

If we are to truly learn from him, we must learn to imitate the way he lived. He was focused and intentional, kind and generous, but also stern and unyielding. One of the best ways we can start to imitate him is by following his example in how he set his day, by meeting with his Father first, prior to anything else.

I have recently been thinking about the often used phrase, "at the end of the day..."

We say this when we have come to the end of ourselves in a situation, or the end of a pattern of thought:

"At the end of the day, I suppose there is nothing more we can do."

"We were working towards a solution, but at the end of the day, no one could agree."

I believe a similar concept applies when we are facing a situation way too big for us, and we have exhausted all of our efforts, so we say, "Well, I guess all we can do now is pray." Though it may seem spiritual when that comment is made, in essence we are saying since we tried everything else, we may as well see what God can do with the situation now.

Jesus set the example of starting, and often ending, his day in prayer. He went away to a secluded place, and met with his Father. We will never know exactly what he and the Father discussed in those moments of prayer, but we know they were times of refreshing; times where Jesus found the wisdom, direction, and rest he needed to complete his mission on this earth.

Without those times of intimacy and prayer, even in his complete deity, Jesus may not have carried the physical and emotional strength to get through his daily battles. At the very least, he was setting the example, as he always did, for how we were to pattern our lives once he was gone from this earth.

Jesus set the example of starting, and often ending, his day in prayer.

If Jesus found it necessary to meet with his Father at the beginning of the day, at the onset of a problem or issue, and to do it on a regular basis, we should do no less.

What would happen if we decided to start with prayer? To start with Bible study? To start by taking up our armor daily, preparing ourselves for battle, and then standing firm on the promises of the Father to see what he would do - rather than waiting for the end of the day?

I am personally ready to find out. How about you?


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