Bible Study- Solitude In Prayer- AJ Iovino

Posted: June 13, 2012 in Devotionals & Bible Studies
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SOLITUDE IN PRAYER

Devotional- AJ Iovino 11-13-10 

 

Solitude-

sol•i•tude \ˈsä-lə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\ n

[ME, fr. MF & L; MF, fr. L solitudin-, solitudo, fr. solus] 14c

1           the quality or state of being alone or remote from society seclusion

2           a lonely place (as a desert)

syn solitude, isolation, seclusion mean the state of one who is alone. solitude may imply a condition of being apart from all human beings or of being cut off by wish or circumstances from one’s usual associates 〈a few quiet hours of solitude〉. isolation stresses detachment from others often involuntarily 〈the isolation of the village in winter〉. seclusion suggests a shutting away or keeping apart from others often connoting deliberate withdrawal from the world or retirement to a quiet life 〈lived in pastoral seclusion〉.

 Illustration:

“In The Morning by Ralph Cushman:

                                                  All day long the Presence lingered,

All day long he stayed with me.

And we sailed in perfect calmness

O’er a very troubled sea.

Other ships were blown and battered

Other ships were sore distressed.

But the winds that seemed to drive them

Brought to us a peace and rest.

Then I thought of other mornings,

With a keen remorse of mind,

When I, too, had loosed the moorings

With the Presence left behind.

So I think I know the secret

Learned from many a troubled way.

You must seek God in the morning

If you want Him through the day.

 

[1]

Scripture Reading- Mark 1:35-

“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.”  

Commentary- Believers Bible Commentary-

1:35 Jesus rose a long while before daylight and went out to a place where He would be free from distraction and spend time in prayer.

 The Servant of Jehovah opened His ear each morning to receive instructions for the day from God the Father (Isa. 50:4, 5).

Read: OLD TESTAMENT SCRIPTURE:

Isaiah 50:4,5

 If the Lord Jesus felt the need of this early morning quiet time, how much more should we!

 Notice too that He prayed when it cost Him something; He rose and went out a long while before daylight.

 Prayer should not be a matter of personal convenience but of self-discipline and sacrifice.

Does this explain why so much of our service is ineffective? [2]

 

Commentary-Bible Knowledge Commentary-

1:35. Despite a full day of ministry (vv. 21-34), Jesus got up the next morning very early, before daybreak (about 4 a.m.) and went out to a solitary (erēmon, “uninhabited, remote”) place (cf. v. 4) where He spent time praying.

He withdrew from the acclaim of theCapernaumcrowds to a wilderness place—the kind of place where He initially confronted Satan and withstood his temptations (cf. vv. 12-13).

Mark selectively portrayed Jesus at prayer on three crucial occasions, each in a setting of darkness and aloneness: near the beginning of his account (v. 35), near the middle (6:46), and near the end (14:32-42).

All three were occasions when He was faced with the possibility of achieving His messianic mission in a more attractive, less costly way. But in each case He gained strength through prayer.

[3]

*This is what I try to model.  I love getting up early in the morning (4:30am) and spending time in prayer.  I feel a great sense of closeness to God and I can pour my heart out to him without any distractions.  I can focus 100% of my attention to Him.  I am also able to hear the Lord speak to me in wondrous ways.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS:

  • Have a prayer plan.
  • Set a daily time.
  • Make it a habit.
  • Journal your encounter.
  • Depend on God for the results.

CLOSING PRAYER:


[1]Morgan, Robert J.: Nelson’s Complete Book of Stories, Illustrations, and Quotes. electronic ed.Nashville : Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2000, S. 177

[2]MacDonald, William ; Farstad, Arthur: Believer’s Bible Commentary : Old and New Testaments.Nashville : Thomas Nelson, 1997, c1995, S. Mk 1:35

vv. verses

cf. confer, compare

[3]Walvoord, John F. ; Zuck, Roy B. ; Dallas Theological Seminary: The Bible Knowledge Commentary : An Exposition of the Scriptures.Wheaton,IL : Victor Books, 1983-c1985, S. 2:110

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