Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

He Prepared Himself

Sometimes life is uncertain. In those moments, no matter how hard we look, it seems a clear path might never be found.

So there is unrest, and unease.

Perhaps we have a wounded heart.  Maybe we long for solace.  Whatever the case may be, it is a time of soul searching, of drawing apart.

Of focusing everything on our need to know.

To find peace amidst the uncertainty.

I wonder if you have ever known this moment?

What do you do in moments of indecision?  Where do you turn?

I love the lesson we are taught in Mark 1:35-39 about what we should do when life is uncertain.

We should pray.

There are several key principles in these few verses that must not be overlooked.

1.  "And in the morning, rising up a great while before day..."  One of the first things the Savior did on that morning was to pray, a great while before His day was to begin.

2.  "He went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed..."  I love this example of living deliberately.  Not only was the appointed time deliberate, the place was deliberate.  A solitary place, where He could communicate freely with God.

Then came the moment when a decision had to be made...Peter approached the Lord and said, "All men seek for thee."  (Mark 1:37)

With so many longing for what only He could give, where would He go?  Where did His Father want Him to be on that day, and what did He need Him to do?

3.  "And he said unto them, Let us go to the next towns, that I my preach there also; for therefore came I forth."  Why did the Savior come to that solitary place so early in the morning to pray?  Perhaps it was to find out where He should go, to find out what His Father needed Him to do.  To help Him make the decision.

I can't help but think of the leper who we are introduced to two verses later in this same chapter.  The man who came beseeching, kneeling down, hoping.

What if the Savior had not come to his town on that day?

From these few verses I begin to understand the power of deliberate prayer.  Both for those who are seeking direction, and for those who are seeking solace.

Isn't it interesting that two lives were blessed by that one prayer?  Both the One who was asking for direction, and the one who came pleading for healing.

Perhaps this pattern is true also when we teach.

In the Come, Follow Me curriculum we read this about the Savior...

"He prepared Himself to teach by spending time alone in prayer and fasting. In daily, private moments, He sought His Heavenly Father’s guidance."

In those moments as a teacher when we find a solitary place to pray we have the opportunity to ask The Father for direction.  He knows the hearts of those we teach.  He knows their uncertainty, their longing for healing, their need for solace.

If we ask, He can direct our thoughts as we plan and prepare to teach His children.

Part of the preparation for teaching should include daily, private moments when we too can seek Heavenly Father's guidance and direction.

Solitary moments where we can begin to understand the power of deliberate prayer.

Then we too will be led to say I know where to go, and what to teach, "for therefore came I forth."