Jesus preparation was done, his followers were coming aboard and his reputation growing in the community—time to go to work. Jesus began his ministry by healing the sick and breaking the chains of possession by Satan. It is quite revealing, however, that along with the highlights on miracles, Mark reports about Jesus’ personal time in prayer. It is no coincidence that after a day of ministry, Jesus headed out to be alone with the Lord. It was as important to his mission and ministry as was his followers or his miracles.
We often forget that our walk with the Lord is the key to our doings for the Lord. When we tie our personal relationship to activities and actions, it is easy to stop spending time in the word and in prayer. But, the time alone with God is the key to successful ministry—Jesus knew that and demonstrated that from the start. Martin Luther, the priest that started the reformation of the Catholic Church, used to say that because of his hectic schedule he would have to spend an extra hour in prayer…He understood the nature of warfare. No matter what is ahead, failure to prepare for battle and to arm yourself properly is a certain recipe for disaster.
Doing ministry and facing trial and temptation is a huge part of the Journey, but, personal time in God’s word and prayer are the critical part of your faith and walk with him.
God Bless You
29 As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. 30 Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. 31 So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.
32 That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. 33 The whole town gathered at the door, 34 and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.
35 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. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”
38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” 39 So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.