In the morning, while it was still very dark, Jesus got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.
The gospels tell us that Jesus often prayed. Some of the accounts tell us what He prayed for. Others, like this one in Mark, just mention that Jesus talked to God in prayer, early in the morning.
When we take the time to talk to God early in our day, we have the opportunity to see how God is with us in each aspect of the day to come.
In A Diary of Private Prayer, Christian author John Baillie offers a poignant morning prayer. This may be a good prayer for each of us early some day:
O Holy Spirit of God, visit now this soul of mine, and tarry with it until eventide. Inspire all my thoughts. Pervade all my imaginations. Suggest all my decisions. Lodge in my will’s most inward citadel and order all my doings. Be with me in my silence and in my speech, in my haste and in my leisure, in company and in solitude, in the freshness of the morning and in the weariness of the evening; and give me grace at all times to rejoice in thy mysterious companionship. Amen.