Alert: Recharging Time Required!
By Dawn Tolbert
“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.” Mark 1:35
I was shocked to the core. The weird tissue they’d been unsure if they should biopsy had turned out to be cancer. Tiny, yes. Treatable, but wholly unexpected.
Thoughts and fears swirled through my mind as I tried to figure out how to deal with the call I’d just gotten. I was in my office and needed to get away from work fast, but I couldn’t leave without saying why.
I sobbed out the news to a coworker. And then my boss asked if they could pray for me. As he prayed, I felt God’s peace return to my heart.
Through my surgery and treatments, moments of fear would return, but I drew deeply from the comfort that comes from connecting to the Source of Life. I tried to recognize anxiety as a notification reminding me to recharge spiritually by plugging in through prayer. It helped me deal with the big, scary moments of life; it helps with the everyday ones as well.
We can learn a lot about prayer from looking to Jesus’ time on earth. He prayed often. In today’s verse, He got up while it was still dark out and spent the first moments of His day talking with God. When we follow His example and tune our hearts to God, it prepares us to face the opportunities and challenges ahead and guarantees our one-on-One time doesn’t get crowded out by a busy schedule.
As we incorporate spiritual recharging in our daily schedules, we receive God’s peace and experience His presence. May we be quick to follow Jesus’ example and make prayer a priority as we talk with the One who loves us best.
Dawn Tolbert is a contributor to Wholly Loved MinistriesDaily Devotional, a Christ-follower who writes to honor God, thank Him for His goodness, and encourage readers by sharing her faith journey. She works in higher education public relations and is writing her first novel and her first book-length Bible study. She has earned a B.A. in Communication Studies and English (Gardner-Webb College), a M.A. in Professional Writing (Kennesaw State University), and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership (Union University). She and her husband, Larry, live in Cedartown, Georgia, and serve actively in their church. Dawn blogs at dawntolbert.com.
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