And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. (Mark 1:35)

Remember that our Lord did not only inculcate prayer with great earnestness, but he was himself a brilliant example of it.

It always gives force to a teacher’s words when his hearers well know that he carries out his own instructions.

Jesus was a prophet mighty both in deed and in word, and we read of him, “Jesus began both to do and teach” (Acts 1:1).

In the exercise of prayer, “cold mountains and the midnight air” witnessed that he was as great a doer as a teacher.

When he exhorted his disciples to continue in prayer and to “pray without ceasing,” he only bade them follow in his steps.

If any one of all the members of the mystical body might have supposed to need no prayer, it would certainly have been our Covenant Head, but if our Head abounded in supplication, much more ought we, the inferior members.

He was never defiled with the sins that have debased and weakened us spiritually; he had no inbred lusts to struggle with.

But if the perfectly pure drew near so often unto God, how much more incessant in supplication ought we to be! So mighty. so great, and yet so prayerful! ((Charles SpurgeonAt the Master’s Feet [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005], November 13.))

Charles Spurgeon

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