By Katelyn S. Bolds, Staff Member
This devotion is part of our series on Lent. Read the rest of the series here.
“And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.” Mark 1:13 (NIV)
It is easy to get lost in life. There’s so much going on in the world, let alone just your family. Keeping up with news and social media is chaotically impossible. Jesus knew the importance of time alone with God. In fact, several times he breaks apart from the crowd to pray. Before he set out on his ministry, Jesus made it a point to spend time in the wilderness. This set his intentions before he set out traveling with his disciples and preaching to swarms of people.
Over these forty days and forty nights, he was tempted by Satan, who tried to distract him with thoughts of food, comfort, and riches. But Jesus was not swayed. He stayed focused on setting his heart right and the angels attended to his needs.
In this way, Jesus set an example of how to put aside the chaos of life and focus on what’s important. As Christians, we need to set aside time to be alone with God in prayer and cultivating our relationship with Christ. During this time of Lent, observe your own practice of prayer and set aside consistent time to devote yourself to studying the Word.
Prayer: Dear Lord, keep my mind focused on you. Help me to make time to think about what’s really important. Amen.