“The Solitary Prayer Life of Jesus”
Mark 1:21-34 Key word: “Availability” Rev. Dr. Scott T. Arnold
3/15/2020 at First Baptist Church of Los Angeles, CA
Week 11: “Sojourning with King Jesus“
Introduction: Stillness and availability before God
A. Jesus embraced solitude for prayer. (35).
35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
- Set aside a time and place for prayer
- Embrace solitude as a gift to be fully available to God
- Pray in quiet times of stillness as often as possible.
- Listen to God more than you speak to God.
- Seek practical wisdom for direction and decisions.
B. Jesus’ disciples are driven by the demand (36-37)
36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”
C. Jesus is guided by His mission and vision (38)
38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”
D. Jesus’ prayer led Him into other cities (39)
39 So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
Go – Preach – Minister God’s grace with authority
- Jesus calls us to pray in openness to God our Heavenly Father.
- Jesus invites us into new places to bring the good news of the Gospel of God’s Kingdom.
- Jesus involves us to join Him in the ministry of God’s grace and deliverance.
- Why is it difficult to find time to be still before God and pray?
- When are the best times for you to pray? If you have a place, pattern or practice, what is it?
- What is it about praying in darkness and solitude that is helpful?
- What internal distractions or thoughts do you need God’s help with to begin to listen to God’s Spirit or Word?
- Why were the disciples so much in a panic to find Jesus? What can we learn from their misplaced sense of urgency?
- When God calls us to go to new neighbors, co-workers, places or people, how often are we willing and available?
- What was Jesus’ ultimate purpose? How did prayer help Him accomplish the will of His Heavenly Father?