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Thinking Out Loud in Saratoga

Prayer

Early in the Gospel of Mark we see that Jesus removes himself from the crowds to pray. Prayer, in solitude, is an important part of his life and ministry.

Solitude
Jesus found times and places that were away from others. His custom was to rise early before anyone else and find a desolate place. Other times he sent the others ahead, stayed up late on a mountaintop to pray. So from Jesus’ example I’ve gleaned these steps:

Decide to “get away” with God.
Ask God to help you find the right time and the right place for your meetings.
Make enough time so that you need not rush.
Provide a comfortable atmosphere where you will not be interrupted. Perhaps make music available.
Place a Bible, journal and writing instrument all within easy reach, (or not, if these things distract you).
Soak in God’s presence.

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