Today is April 7th and its the day we begin reading Mark. If you have not downloaded your copy of the reading plan do so now. Simply visit this earlier post where you will find the link to click for instant access. —
The Gospel of Mark is thought to be the first of the four Gospels to be written. Scholars put the date of writing to be between 66 and 70 AD. Mark is the shortest of the Gospels.
It seems as if when Mark began to write, he could hardly wait to tell about Jesus. His excitement seems evident by how he skips over details that the other Gospels give and jumps right in with John baptizing Jesus. Reading Mark feels like a non-stop high action adventure. The focus is definitely on what Jesus does and not as much on what He says.
With so much action happening it might be easy to overlook a verse tucked in near the end of the first chapter that is key to all that Jesus does.
Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight,
He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.
Notice that in the morning was following an evening of healing many people.
How important is prayer?
Is prayer the key to Jesus doing all the activities that we read about in Mark chapter one?
Leave your answer in the comment section below.