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Mark 1:35-39
Intro: The first year of the earthly ministry of the Lord Jesus was spent in relative obscurity.
There is very little information given to us of those early days.
We do know that He was preaching the Gospel in the southern parts of Israel and reaching out to lost souls.
Mark’s gospel introduces us to the early days of our Lord’s second year of earthly ministry.
The first year of Christ’s ministry has been called The Year Of Obscurity.
The second year is called The Year Of Popularity.
Mark passes over the first year of Jesus’ ministry and begins at that time when Jesus was beginning to gain a following in Israel.
As we have followed Mark’s narrative in this chapter, we saw the Lord call His first disciples, v. 16-20.
We have also watched Him at work preaching in the synagogue, v. 21-22; casting out devils, v. 23-28; and healing many that were sick, v. 29-34.
We have been watching the Amazing Servant go about His Father’s business.
As we have followed Jesus through these events, we have seen the Preaching and the Power of The Amazing Servant.
Today, we are going to examine The Passion Of The Amazing Servant.
These verses reveal the great passions that moved the heart of the Savior.
This brief glimpse into one early morning quiet time reveals what was important to the Lord Jesus Christ.
I want to look at these motivating factors because what was important to Jesus should be what is important to us.
Let’s join Jesus in His quiet time and learn about the passions that stirred His soul.
As we see His passions revealed, let’s ask the Lord to create within our own hearts a love for the same things.
I want to take these verses and preach on The Passion Of The Amazing Servant.
A. The duties of the Sabbath had been brutal.
After preaching in the synagogue, Jesus was confronted by a demon possessed man.
Jesus cast out that demon.
He leaves the synagogue to go to Peter’s house for lunch.
When He arrives, Jesus finds Peter’s mother-in-law sick with a fever.
Jesus heals her.
When sundown comes, all the people in Capernaum bring the sick and those possessed with devils for Jesus to heal them.
He does this, no doubt meeting people and helping them way into the night.
Yet, a late night does not prevent Jesus from an early morning meeting with His Father.
We are told that Jesus rose up “a great while before day” and went to a secluded location to pray.
We do not know exactly what time Jesus went to prayer, but we can guess that it was somewhere between 3 AM and 4 AM.
This is not the only time we will find the Lord Jesus involved in a time of communion with the Father.
In fact, His ministry is marked by times of protracted prayer.
Jesus is pictured in prayer no less than 25 times in the Gospels.
Communion with the Father was one of the marks of the Messiah, Isa.
B. The fact that Jesus prayed raises some interesting questions.
· What did Jesus pray about?
– Most of our praying can be described by the acrostic A.C.T.S.
That is, Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication.
Since Jesus was sinless, He had no need of confession.
But, we can be sure that He spent much time in adoration, thanksgiving and supplication.
Jesus went out to pray that morning after a day of powerful ministry.
I am sure that He took time to thank the Father for His blessings, His presence and His power.
I am sure that He prayed for the people who had been healed.
He must have prayed that they would see beyond the miracles and be saved.
He must have prayed for His disciples, that they would be men of God.
He must have prayed for Himself.
He desired the Father’s blessings and power.
Surely, Jesus went out that morning to seek the Father’s will for the direction of His ministry.
There must have been many items on His prayer list that morning.
· Why did Jesus even need to pray? – He was God in the flesh, after all.
We need to remember that Jesus was God in human flesh, but He did not come to this world to live as God, He came to live as a Spirit-filled man.
Jesus prayed because He lived His life in total dependence on the Father.
Jesus prayed because He wanted a totally unhindered fellowship with the Father.
Jesus wanted the Holy Spirit to be able to flow through His life in absolute freedom and power.
Thus, Jesus made every effort to stay in close, constant communion with His Father.
· Why did Jesus seek a place of solitude?
– He wanted His prayer time to be uninterrupted and unhindered.
Jesus knew that His prayer time was precious and private and He wanted nothing to be able to come between Him and time spent in His Father’s presence.
C. Our Lord’s early morning prayer meeting has some valuable lessons to teach us, if we will hear them today.
· If Jesus, Who is God in human flesh, felt the need for prayer in His life, how much more do we need to make prayer a priority in our own lives?
Prayer is essential for a holy, empowered spiritual life.
A preacher by the name of E. Stanley Jones says that prayer is “a time of exposure to God.” Sadly, most Christians in our day are underexposed!
In fact, I know of no one who is overexposed!
If we want a life that can be used of God for His glory, then we must pray.
If we want the power of God on our lives, then we must pray.
If we want to live holy lives, then we must pray.
Prayer is the absolute nonnegotiable requirement for a life of power in the things of God.
· The Bible has much to say about prayer.
… We are commanded to pray – 1 Thes.
5:17; Luke 18:1; Rom.
12:12; Eph.
6:18; Col. 4:2.
… We are given instruction as to how to pray – Luke 11:1-4.
… We are given great examples of prayer – Abraham, Moses, Hannah, Samuel, Elijah, Elisha, Hezekiah, Jonah, Paul and many more are listed as pray warriors in the Bible.
Of course, Jesus prayed.
… We are given instruction as to how not to pray – Matt.
… We are given promises in prayer – Jer.
33:3; Isa.
65:24; Matt.
7:7-11; Phil.
· Prayer is not about getting our will done in Heaven, but about getting God’s will on earth.
When Jesus went out to pray, He probably prayed about the direction of His ministry.
Surely He was asking the Father what He should so and where He should go next.
What a contrast of how we pray!
We make our plans and then we ask the Lord to bless what we have already decided to do!
That is backwards.
We should seek His will and direction for our lives.
When He tells us what He wants us to do and we do it, we can rest assured of His blessings!
· Prayer must become a priority in our lives, if we want to have the right kind of life!
Do you want the power of God on your life?
Do you want close fellowship with the Lord?
Do you desire to be used to the fullest of your potential?
If so, then you must make prayer a priority!
How? Set aside a set time to pray and stick to it!
Find you a place where there are no distractions.
Get away from the phone, the TV, the computer and any other distractions and pour your heart out to the Lord.
Prayer was a habit in our Lord’s life and it must become a habit in our lives, if we would have His power.
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