Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/011316.cfm
On leaving the synagogue Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John. Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever. They immediately told him about her. He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up. Then the fever left her and she waited on them.
When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons. The whole town was gathered at the door. He cured many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out many demons, not permitting them to speak because they knew him.
Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.” He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.” So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee.
Jesus went away alone to pray before starting out on His journey of ministry. He needed prayer to be able to do what the Father had sent Him to do. Do you pray before you start your day? The end of your day? How can you do the work of the Lord without the power and strength that only comes from God.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the strength and power that you fill me with each time I pray. Help me to always remember that and never forget to come to you first. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.