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 1:35

“It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray and He spent the whole night in prayer to God.” Luke 6:12


There is hardly a “secluded” place left in this world, let alone in my house! Even as I sit here, there are people surrounding & talking about their various plans for the day. There are not many places for silence in this world. Electronics loom in every space calling for an answer: email, texts, tv, podcasts, news, facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest…

We must then find our will power to build in a new habit, to create a new space, to overcome the things that demand immediate attention, cry that we are missing out…

“God is always there.”

“He waits for me.”

“He comes with me.”

While all these statements are true, our relationship with Him dwindles to nothing as we do not spend quiet time trying to hear Him, talking with Him. Any relationship that does not have time built into it grows cold. He is becoming more distant, silent, dark…

“Can you hear My voice?”

“And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest awhile.” They went away in the boat to a secluded place by themselves.” – Mark 6:31

His voice is like a whisper, a hush, still… We cannot hear Him with the world’s noise constantly blaring. Eventually, we hear only ourselves and our thoughts become worldly and our lives become worldly and we do not reflect His love in our lives and our prayers become self focused. It is a spiral that encompasses many of our lives and the only way to break it is to rebuild our habits again.

“But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” Rev 2:4

The Greek translates it You have LOST your first love. That’s quite profound. Lost. Lost is so much more than left. When we leave something, it’s typically done with some kind of intent. Lost indicates something we had not intended or even realized we were doing. But lost it has become. Our first love – lost because of the busy-ness of this world, lost because we did not invest the time in what we had once cherished, lost because of distraction.

Today i pray for that secluded location, that place, that time. i pray we would carve out a time, create a priority, rebuild a habit, to build into the relationship with the Maker of the universe. i pray that we would remember our first love, that we would hear God’s quiet whisper and long to be in His presence. That we would create a space for Him and only Him in our day, today i pray.


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just a mom who was inspired to write some encouragement by a God who loves unconditionally and forgives abundantly. View all posts by todayiprayed

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