“Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.” – Mark 1:35
At this point in the Gospel of Mark, Jesus is already preaching in the synagogues, healing and casting out demons. He is already being sought after by the multitudes. I would imagine, it would be hard to get away and take time to pray by Himself.
What Jesus does next should be a great example to us. You see, He did not say, “I’m so tired, I need my sleep.” He did not say, “my life is so busy and I don’t have time.” Knowing His time would be occupied all day by requests and His Father’s business, He got up earlier to make time to spend with God.
You may say, “well, He is Jesus and I am only Human.” He says, “I was fully human too. You can do all things through Me who strengthens you.” I love what a commentator by the name of William MacDonald wrote, “Those who desire to do for God’s glory are given the means. The more they do, the more they are enabled to do for Him.”
The word “prayed” in Mark 1:35 is the word “proseuchomai”. It literally means to “interact with the Lord by switching human ideas for His ideas as He imparts faith”. Jesus was spending time with the Father to exchange His plans for God’s plan for His life. If we say we are Christ followers and He is our example, we must ask ourselves a question. When was the last time we spent time in solitude with God to exchange our plans for His? Can you imagine the amazing plans He wants to tell you about? If it’s been awhile, will you consider doing it today?