35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” 38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” 39 So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons. (Mark 1:35-39)
Over the last two days we focused on the importance of Bible Study. We now turn our attention to the Discipline of Prayer. As a reminder, our theme for our 40 Days of Discipline journey is: Be like Jesus.
Phillip Yancey is a noted author who recently wrote a book on prayer. Yancey’s publisher conducted a poll on the topic of prayer, and of the 678 respondents only 23 people (3 percent) felt satisfied with the time they were spending in prayer. This level of dissatisfaction is certainly not God’s prescription. So, today and tomorrow we will try to pick up some important pointers on prayer from Jesus.
Please read the passage above (Mark 1:35-39) and answer the questions below.
- From the passage, what do you learn about Jesus and prayer?
- How does what you observe in the passage compare with what you observe for most Christians you know?