Prayer – The Best Resort
Our theme for this year is “The Church on Target.” One of the major targets of the church is Prayer. Acts 2:42 says, “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (NASB). From this text we learn that the early church focused on prayer and dedicated themselves to prayer. Over the next few weeks, we are going to examine some Scripture passages on prayer. We are going to entitle this sermon series, “The Best Resort.”
During the summer many of us take vacations. Where is your favorite place for the family to take a vacation? One of our very favorite places is the Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida, area. We love the beach area, taking walks along the beach, watching the dolphins, enjoying sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico, and just relaxing as the tides roll in.
In our spiritual walk with Jesus, I trust that prayer is one of our favorite resorts where we are able to get away with Him and enjoy His presence, His peace, His strength, His unfailing love, His immeasurable grace, and His strong assurance that everything will be okay. Just as planning a vacation to our favorite resort area takes time, thought, and finances, we must also plan for quality time with Jesus every day. When is the best time to have quality time with Jesus in prayer? Where is the best place to have quality time with Jesus in prayer? Do we commit to that time with Jesus every day?
For Jesus to spend time with His Heavenly Father in prayer, Jesus arose early in the morning and found a solitary place. Mark 1:35 says, “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.” Jesus chose the best time of day and the best place for Him to spend quality time in prayer with His Heavenly Father.
Morning time was the best time for King David to pray. In Psalm 5:3 he writes, “In the morning, O Lord, Thou wilt hear my voice; in the morning I will order my prayer to Thee and eagerly watch.” Even though he was the King of Israel with a very busy schedule, he spent time in prayer with God.
When we think about how we spend the time in our day, spending time with God in prayer in the morning in a quiet solitary place is the Best Resort!