Rising very early, before dawn, he left and went to a deserted place where he prayed.
(Mark 1:35)

“Everyone is looking for you.”
“Let us go to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose, I have come.”

(Mark 1:37-38)

Lord, after you taught in the synagogue and rid the demoniac of unclean spirits, you went to Peter’s house and healed his mother-in-law, who was in bed with a fever. You simply took her hand and she rose and waited on her guests. That night, “the whole town” arrived. You cured the sick and possessed among them. Your only chance to be alone with the Father was before dawn. When the disciples found you, they expected you to return with them, but the Father had revealed to you that it was time to go to the other nations and fulfill your purpose.

We pray in order to discover your will and then act on it. Why, then, am I still so uncertain? Yesterday, you helped me to make a choice and I was reassured. When you give me energy, I can work for you. When you give me pain, I can offer it in union with your Sacrifice. When you bless me, I can give thanks, whether your blessings are moments of consolation or difficult lessons in patience and perseverance. I want to do so much more, but if I only stay attuned to you, that is all you ask. If it be your will, though, take me out of my comfort zone and make me more active. Thy will be done.

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