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Devotion| Go to that deserted place.

*The devotion is from STANDFIRM magazine. For more devotions, or to order the complete devotion book, visit https://www.lifeway.com/en/product-family/stand-firm-magazine

Mark 1:35-45

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he got up, went out. and made his way to a deserted place; and there he was praying (v.35).

Go to that deserted place.

Do you have a deserted place where you can be regularly alone with God? If we're honest, many of us struggle to make getting alone with God a priority. Take note that before Jesus started His preaching tour throughout Galilee and before He healed the man with leprosy, He got up early and went to His deserted place to pray. Prayer should be our first response, not our last reaction. Jesus made it a point to be alone with the Father no matter where He was or what time demands He faced. I've learned that even while raveling or on vacation, time with God must be a priority.

Now that I have a 2-year old, my wife and I have found that getting to our own deserted place can be quite the challenge. We struggled at first, trying to balance a baby and time alone with Jesus. We spent time together with the Lord, but each o us needed our own alone time. The truth is that it took some careful forethought. I decided to start getting up early to rend to our son so my wife could spend that time alone with Jesus. For me, the best time to get to my deserted place - usually my bed - is at night when my son and bride are asleep.

Finding your deserted place will likely take some thought, planning, and sacrifice. Jesus made it a priority, and so should we. But once we are there, it is so worth it. God will meet us in specials ways that will continue to draw us back to that place. He will take our burdens, quiet our souls, and give us confidence in His love for us. t will become a place of rest, refreshment, and fellowship with Him.

  • Read: Mark 1:35-45

  • What is your deserted place? If you don't have one, what could it be?

  • How has God been meeting you recently? What has He been teaching you?

Pray: Ask God to reveal anything keeping you from time with Him. Ask Him to meet you there.