Capsule for the Day
Every detail in Scripture is very important. In Mark 1:35-39, we meet Jesus, the Man who rose early in the morning to pray. He didn't just pray but He chose carefully where to pray and what time to pray. Why is Mark particular about these details? Mark is simply placing prayer at the centre.
Notice, Jesus was very busy. As Mark puts it, "everybody is searching for You, Jesus". But despite the fact that everybody was looking for Him, He made time to pray. He made it a priority to be with the Father who sent Him in order to work with the Father and for the Father. He prayed always.
The fruit of prayer was He discerned and chose what was important to His mission. Again, Mark leaves us with details... Instead of responding to those searching for Him, He said "let's go else way... because that is why I came". Notice the choice He made after prayer. Prayer is the key.
Fr. Francis Afu