Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. Later Simon and the others went out to find him. When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.”
(Mark 1:35-37 NLT)
Going off to my room to spend time alone with God in prayer and to read the Word is a habit that my family has become very well acquainted with over the years. It’s only after I’ve spent time alone with God that I’m ready to go out and take care of everything else. Therefore, I understand why the Bible frequently states that Jesus withdrew to solitary places to pray. It prepared Him for what lay ahead. In fact, it’s after His time with the heavenly Father that Jesus headed to the nearby towns to preach and force out demons (Mark 1:38-39). Someone once noted that while Jesus ran away from the crowds to pray, we run after the crowds and don’t pray.
Make it a habit to spend time alone with God.