(Leviticus 24-25, Mark 1:23-45)
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. (Mark 1:35 ESV)
“I’m so busy.” “I’m too tired.” “By grace I don’t have to…” These are all reasons we give for our prayerlessness. And yet, here Jesus, our example in all things, reveals the way for us. We were made for communion. Intimacy. Relationship with God. And yet, many Christians still lead independent lives.
We make time to read the Bible, go to church, play worship music, and even fit in extra sermon podcasts, but we still lead fairly independent lives. We can do most of our Christianity without God. How is it that Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, could not? How is it that Jesus required solitary prayer, but we do not?
Is it possible that we have not learned yet the point of our faith? And what is it… what is the point? Relearning something that we forgot in the Garden all those years ago. Relearning how to lean. Prayer is the call to remembrance. It’s the call to lean. It’s the call to depend on God for every breath, every thought, and every intent of the heart.
If we are honest, we would admit that all our inclinations, every one, is evil. We have a tendency to go our own way every time. We must remember to lean. This is the Way. And the Truth. And the Life.