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Your Fortress Of Solitude

"Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went to a solitary place, where he prayed" (Mark 1:35).

Many of you know that for many years I have been a clammer. If you want me to explain that to you, I will if you ask. There are several things that lure me out to the bay for several hours at a time. I love the water, nature, the challenge, and the physicality of it. But one thing that I don't usually talk about is the solitude. There is a time when I can just "get away" from the hustle of life and be alone.

Jesus lived a very busy life for the three years of His public ministry. People pressed at Him from all sides. They wanted a piece of Him. Healings, water to wine, feeding many with little, bringing back the dead, and finally His teachings. This does not include those who were His enemies and wanted Him eliminated. With His daily schedule as full as it was, we never view Him as harried or tense. There was always time for one more person, one more important lesson. With the pressure of these busy days, it must have been difficult for Him to find the time to just "get away." He needed time to pray.

Jesus knew that He needed some "solitude time." Some time to be in the intimate contact of prayer with His Father. He found the time when He really needed it! To Him, prayer was not an incidental thing but a fundamental one. In the case of this scripture, it was early in the morning while it was still dark. "He departed to a solitary place, where He prayed."

In your world, it may not be possible to get up early in the day. It has been said that "there should be a 'sunrise' of the soul each day, no matter what the time of day for the believer." Regardless of what time of day is best for us, it is vital for our spiritual lives to find a "fortress of solitude." Though our problems may seem many and our strength limited, in the solitary place of prayer, help comes from God.

Have a great weekend. I hope your worship on the Lord's day is both fulfilling to you and glorifying to God....Let your light shine Love mark Phil. 4:11

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