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Positioning Oneself to Hear God's Voice

Mark 1.35-39
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. And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.
This part of the story in Mark’s Gospel always strikes me in a good way about Jesus. Jesus, who had healed a bunch of people at Simon and Andrew’s house the night before, felt the need to go be alone and pray to the Father. What a great example and reminder for believers today that Jesus Himself got away to hear the voice of the Father after what would be considered a great ministry success the night before.

I don’t know about you, but I would be feeling pretty awesome, and sadly it would not cross my mind to consider spending time communing with the Godhead. I would probably be checking my Instagram and Twitter feed to see what people were saying about me rather than spending time with the Father and the Holy Spirit to see what my next assignment would be. But Jesus, Mark explains, rose early in the morning while it was still dark outside and found a desolate place to pray.

Have you ever wondered why Mark would choose to put this detail in his story? Clearly there is significance to Jesus getting away to go be with the Father and Holy Spirit. For out of His time spent with the Father and the Holy Spirit, Jesus receives clear direction on where He and His little team should go next. Jesus understood the importance of getting away to be able to hear the voice of God.

When was the last time that you got away and silenced the distractions just to hear and listen to the voice of God? Friends, as believers this is vital to our growth and walk as disciples of Christ. You and I mustn’t overlook the importance of this practice, for truly it can be life-changing for us. I challenge you today, before the holidays arrive and things get busier than they already are, to take a day to be alone with God. Listen to what the Spirit may be saying and desiring to do in your life.

In Christ’s Service,
Cody Ragland
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