In the morning, while it was still very dark, he 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.”
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Jesus was shaking things up. The people had not heard such teaching with authority combined with healing events that expanded his message exponentially for those who still had trouble understanding what he was saying. This One means business. This One is going to shake the powers that be in every institution from the realm of emperors to the religious authorities. Jesus had the ability of overturning everything human beings had built to sustain themselves and maintain power over others. With a word and healing touch, Jesus said, "Get over yourselves and listen." The way Jesus created was one that required him to be around disciples and demons, sick and needy, stuffed shirts and invisible servants. He kept his focus, his balance, his center through prayer. The power of prayer was never intended as a wish list....it is the lifeblood of a relationship, the stillpoint of the turning world. This is us.
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Spirit, hear my prayer. Amen.