It’s the height of summer. The breeze trickles in over the blanket of humidity, making tiny ripples in the air and through the leaves. I’m watching out the window. A car slowly drives by. The grass grows. I find myself daydreaming about the lake, or the campfire, or the woods. I find myself waiting. I am waiting for a quiet space. I can physically feel my own restlessness. It seems like there is so much to do; except I haven’t taken time to do the most important thing.
Until we stop to do the most important thing, until we stop and acknowledge God, we can’t be still. God is the center of our concentration. God is the center of our productivity. Our focus comes directly from him.
In Jesus’ ministry, prayer comes first. The presence of God IS the ministry.
Mark 1:35 – In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.
Mark 6:24 – After bidding them farewell, He left for the mountain to pray.
Luke 5:15 – But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.