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In Mark Chapter 1 verses 12 and 13, before his ministry started, it says that He goes off to the desert and spends forty days alone with God " prays.

Then his ministry launches. In the same Chapter, in verse 35 it says:

  • Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus withdrew to a solitary place to be alone with God and pray. ''Mark 1: 35''

    Before He chose the twelve disciples:

  • He went to a mountain and spent the night in prayer. ''Luke 6: 12''

    After He fed the 5000, He withdraws to be alone with God. When He hears the bad news about His friend, John the Baptist, He goes away to be alone with God. It`s true throughout His life right up to the time He`s going to go to the Cross. He goes to the Garden of Gethsemane and brings some friends with Him, but He withdraws from them to be alone with the Father. All the time, He`s teaching His followers to do the same also. One time in Mark, Chapter 6, they`ve been in the middle of a really busy season, and Jesus pulls His followers aside, and He says to them:

  • Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest. ''Mark 6: 31''

    I know that He says this to me. I don`t know how this translates for you, but for me it means that I need to spend some time alone with Him to get my mind in tune and my will surrendered each day. For me, the morning is the best time. Then sometimes, I need to spend some extended time with Him . . . a half-day or a day at least once a month. When I first thought about doing that, it was kind of a daunting thing. I thought:

  • The next time I have a free day, I`ll spend it alone with God.

    Do you know how long I waited for that day to come? And then I had to write it down on a calendar. I was reading this week that if you live to be seventy years old or so, you will get twenty-five thousand days. You will have twenty-five thousand of these jars. It would be ironic to get to the end of them and say:

  • God, I was never able to devote just a day to being with You, because there was always something else to do.



    By: John Ortberg
    Category: Jesus as Praying: Taking time alone with God
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    Windsurfing and Prayer
    Prayer is a little bit like windsurfing: I don`t know if you`ve ever done it, but you stand on this surf board in the middle of a lake, and then you pick up this big sail, and the moment the wind catches the sail is exhilarating, because a power much greater than you is propelling you through the water, faster and faster, and your job is just to hang on and have fun. That`s prayer. Prayer is when we raise our hearts to God, and his spirit catches us, and begins to propel us where he is going. That is the biggest adventure you`re ever going to have in your life. I`ve said before I believe the local church is the hope of the world. And if it`s the hope of the world it`s because of prayer. You see, prayer is not the spiritual equivalent of the chess club. It`s more like rugby. It`s where the battle is fought and won. Prayer is what sends the Devil running. Prayer is what mobilizes God`s people. Prayer is how we find out where God wants us to be in his grand adventure. Then things start to happen that are beyond all we could ask or even imagine according to the power that is propelling us, and we start to do things and go places that we never dreamed of before.



    By: Scott Dudley
    Category: Jesus as Praying: Taking time alone with God
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    Jesus prays
    After He heard about His friend, John the Baptist, He withdrew to a deserted place by Himself. After He fed the five thousand, where there was a rush of ministry success, we are told he "went up the mountain by Himself to pray."

    Luke speaks about this in a way that implies there`s a regular practice going on here:

  • Jesus would withdraw to deserted places and pray. ''Luke 5:16''

    He teaches His disciples to do the same thing. This is solitude.

    In solitude, I withdraw from people, noise, cell phones, beepers, pagers, faxes all the stimulation of life to be with God. I get away from all of the scaffolding in my life, all of my roles, all of the people who are either cheering me on or telling me where I ought to do something different. I get away from all of that to just be alone with God"to find out,

    Is there anything really just between God and me?

    I realize I have a Life. It`s way bigger than what I do. It`s way bigger than what anybody thinks of me. I have this Life.



    By: John Ortberg
    Category: Jesus as Praying: Taking time alone with God
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    In Mark Chapter 1 verses 12 and 13, before his ministry started, it says that He goes off to the desert and spends forty days alone with God " prays.

    Then his ministry launches. In the same Chapter, in verse 35 it says:

  • Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus withdrew to a solitary place to be alone with God and pray. ''Mark 1: 35''

    Before He chose the twelve disciples:

  • He went to a mountain and spent the night in prayer. ''Luke 6: 12''

    After He fed the 5000, He withdraws to be alone with God. When He hears the bad news about His friend, John the Baptist, He goes away to be alone with God. It`s true throughout His life right up to the time He`s going to go to the Cross. He goes to the Garden of Gethsemane and brings some friends with Him, but He withdraws from them to be alone with the Father. All the time, He`s teaching His followers to do the same also. One time in Mark, Chapter 6, they`ve been in the middle of a really busy season, and Jesus pulls His followers aside, and He says to them:

  • Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest. ''Mark 6: 31''

    I know that He says this to me. I don`t know how this translates for you, but for me it means that I need to spend some time alone with Him to get my mind in tune and my will surrendered each day. For me, the morning is the best time. Then sometimes, I need to spend some extended time with Him . . . a half-day or a day at least once a month. When I first thought about doing that, it was kind of a daunting thing. I thought:

  • The next time I have a free day, I`ll spend it alone with God.

    Do you know how long I waited for that day to come? And then I had to write it down on a calendar. I was reading this week that if you live to be seventy years old or so, you will get twenty-five thousand days. You will have twenty-five thousand of these jars. It would be ironic to get to the end of them and say:

  • God, I was never able to devote just a day to being with You, because there was always something else to do.



    By: John Ortberg
    Category: Jesus as Praying: Taking time alone with God
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    SINCE I KNOW JESUS I TOOK TIME ALONE TO THANKS GOD FOR EVERYTHING HE HAS DONE FOR ME AND MAKING ME STRONGER TO BE SOBER AND CLEAN TILL TODAY



    By: COOL JAY
    Category: Praying: Taking Time Alone with God
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    Jesus valued silence to hear God speak.  What is it like to hear the voice of God?  Don't be put off by the silent moments in this video, it's still working.



    By: Vipool Patel
    Category: Jesus as Praying: Taking time alone with God
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    I feel when person ask if you pray for them or write you letter or e-mail ask for pray they need help from no matter or who they are what they done in life we are is chrildern and we can reach out too them tell now to reach God our father in heaven seek the lord so he can knot at there door open those door this is now I feel we all seek the Lord I know I do



    By: Anita Acosta
    Category: Jesus as Praying: Taking time alone with God
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    Praying for others to me is wonderful



    By: Anita Acosta
    Category: Jesus as Praying: Taking time alone with God
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    Mk 1:35 says ..."rising up a great while before day,"... what time was it? maybe 3am - 4am ???



    By: Susie Whitehead
    Category: Jesus as Praying: Taking time alone with God
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    Quiet Time
    It is difficult to communicate with God when others are present. Perhaps that is why the middle of the night or early morning are his most popular times to waken us.



    By: V. Israel
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    And early in the morning, while it was still dark, He arose and went out and departed to a lonely place, and was praying there. ( Mark 1:35)

    And immediately He made His disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side to Bethsaida, while He Himself was sending the multitude away. And after bidding them farewell, he departed to the mountain to pray. ( Mark 6:45-46)

    And they came to a place called Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, "Sit here until I have prayed." And He took with Him Peter and James and John, and began to be very distressed and troubled. And He said to them, "My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death; remain here and keep watch." And He went a little beyond them, and fell to the ground, and began praying. ( Mark 14:32-34)

    And when day came, He departed to a lonely place; and the multitudes were searching for Him, and came to Him, and tried to keep Him from going away from them. ( Luke 4:42)

    But He Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. ( Luke 5:16)

    And it was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God. ( Luke 6:12)

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