A Desolate Place

This week we learned how Jesus spent time in prayer affirming
His mission so that he would stay on task in proclaiming the good news of the
Kingdom of God. In Mark 1:35-39 the story begins with a late night of ministry
where Jesus heals a crowd of people. While it was still dark and early in the
morning Jesus snuck away to be alone and pray. The pressure upon Jesus to
continue healing the crowds must have been immense. Peter and the other
disciples found Jesus and pressured him to heal the crowd who had showed up
after Jesus left. While the crowds wanted Jesus to continue doing miracles, Jesus
stayed on mission by leaving the area to proclaim the good news to people who
had not heard.