A Heart Turned Towards God

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Jesus got up very early in the morning to go to a solitary place and pray. Allow God to take your study of scripture and prayer time to a deeper level.

“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.”  Mark 1:35

Nearly my whole life, I’ve had a personal relationship with our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ.  My earliest memories are sprinkled with stories from the Bible, my parents missionary journeys, and many good, Christian people that would play a vital role in the foundation of my faith. I began reading through the scriptures before I hit double digits; and LOVED it. I still do. But - a part of me - now at 36 years old is somehow aware that it is time to take my study of scripture to a deeper level. Life is busy; there will never be enough hours in the day to accomplish all that we should.  This, however, is an area that I cannot cheat of precious time.

I’ve awoken three times in the last week - at 4 am. No reason; I simply couldn't sleep.  But, the world is quiet at this hour, the demands of the day have not yet begun, and my heart is turned towards God.  As aggravating as it is to be woken from perfect sleep - I am reminded that even Jesus got up very early in the morning while it was still dark to go to a solitary place and pray.

Prayer: Dear Jesus - thank you for being an example to us in so many ways.  Thank you for calling me out of my slumber into the light of your word.  Thank you for the sweet time spent with you.  Thank you that you want a personal relationship with every single one of us.  Thank you for continually calling us deeper in our walk with you.  And, thank you for these early morning wake up calls - they have turned into the Godliest hours of my day! Amen

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