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1 “the Bible is shallow enough for a child to wade in, yet deep enough for an elephant to drown in.”

2 Each Prayer time is of great significance an unique situation a specific location particular temptations a special blessing

3 Each Prayer time is of great significance an unique situation a specific location particular temptations a special blessing 1.Mark 1:35 2.Mark 6:46 3.Mark 14:35

4 Scripture: Mark SituationLocationTemptationBlessing 1:35 After Jesus had a very busy day ministering (preaching, healing, driving out demons) Desert (Solitary place) ?? 6:46 After Jesus had fed the Five Thousand Mountain?? 14:35Before the Journey to the Cross Garden??

5 Scripture: Mark SituationLocationTemptationBlessing 1:35 After Jesus had a very busy day ministering (preaching, healing, driving out demons) Desert (Solitary place) ?? 6:46 After Jesus had fed the Five Thousand MountainPopularity? 14:35Before the Journey to the Cross Garden??

6 Mt Sinai – God gave His Law Mt Zion – refers to Jerusalem / biblical land of Israel (Sermon on the) Mount – Jesus gave a Fresh understanding of the Law, as God truly intended

7 Mt Sinai – God gave His Law Mt Zion – refers to Jerusalem / biblical land of Israel (Sermon on the) Mount – Jesus gave a Fresh understanding of the Law, as God truly intended Mt Moriah – Abraham was to sacrifice Isaac; where Jesus was crucified

8 Hence mountains are biblically important because there God gave us His revelations, and there God fulfilled His perfect will. In other words, God’s will came to us first from mountains.

9 Scripture : Mark SituationLocationTemptationBlessing 1:35 After Jesus had a very busy day ministering (preaching, healing, driving out demons) Desert (Solitary place) ?? 6:46 After Jesus had fed the Five Thousand MountainPopularity Perspective (from God) 14:35Before the Journey to the Cross Garden??

10 Lesson : One way to overcome temptations is to develop a biblical mindset (that is, having the perspective from God). But that comes from years of meditating on God’s Word.

11 a ministry of Faith comes by Hearing Bible.is

12 Scripture : Mark SituationLocationTemptationBlessing 1:35 After Jesus had a very busy day ministering (preaching, healing, driving out demons) Desert (Solitary place) ?? 6:46 After Jesus had fed the Five Thousand MountainPopularity Perspective (from God) 14:35Before the Journey to the Cross Garden??

13 Scripture : Mark SituationLocationTemptationBlessing 1:35 After Jesus had a very busy day ministering (preaching, healing, driving out demons) Desert (Solitary place) ?? 6:46 After Jesus had fed the Five Thousand MountainPopularity Perspective (from God) 14:35Before the Journey to the Cross GardenForego God’s will; Escape His suffering Receive God’s sufficient grace to persevere

14 What will happen in our gardens when the day of trial come for us – will we give up God’s will to escape suffering, or will we pray and receive God’s grace to persevere ?

15 “My family and I were ordered out seconds before the house erupted in flames. And the man who set our house on fire was the same man who had led worship in our church that same day.”

16 What will happen in our gardens when the day of trial come for us – will we give up God’s will to escape suffering, or will we pray and receive God’s grace to persevere ?

17 Mark 1: That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. 33 The whole town gathered at the door, 34 and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but He would not let the demons speak because they knew who He was.

18 35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found Him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for You!” 38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”

19 Scripture : Mark SituationLocationTemptationBlessing 1:35 After Jesus had a very busy day ministering (preaching, healing, driving out demons) Desert (Solitary place) 1.Fatigue : a) More opened to temptations ? 6:46 After Jesus had fed the Five Thousand MountainPopularity Perspective (from God) 14:35Before the Journey to the Cross Garden Forego God’s will; Escape His suffering Receive God’s sufficient grace to persevere

20 Scripture : Mark SituationLocationTemptationBlessing 1:35 After Jesus had a very busy day ministering (preaching, healing, driving out demons) Desert (Solitary place) 1. Fatigue : a) More opened to temptations b) Less prone to seek and hear God ?

21 “I saw busy, exhausted men and women, who appeared to be hours behind schedule. What a price we pay for the speed at which we run. Most of us remember these last 12 months as a blur of activities. There are so much work to do, so much demands on our time. There is so much pressure. Meanwhile, what should have mattered most was often put on hold or short-changed or ignored altogether. Millions of children received very little love and guidance this year from their busy parents. Husbands and wives pass like ships in the night, and our spiritual natures languished amidst over-crowded schedules and endless commitments.” – Dr James Dobson

22 “Progress has given us unprecedented affluence, education, technology and entertainment. We have comforts and conveniences other eras could only dream about, yet somehow we are not flourishing under the gifts of modernity as one would expect. We have 10 times more material abundance than our ancestors, yet we are not 10 times more contented or fulfilled. Margin has been stolen away and progress was the thief.

23 “We must have room to breathe. We need freedom to think and permission to heal. Our relationships are being starved to death by velocity – no one has time to listen, let alone love. Our children lay wounded on the ground, run over by our high-speed good intentions.” – from “Margin”, by Richard Swanson

24 35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found Him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for You!” 38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”

25 Scripture : Mark SituationLocationTemptationBlessing 1:35 After Jesus had a very busy day ministering (preaching, healing, driving out demons) Desert (Solitary place) 1. Fatigue Purified ; filled with Passion for God 6:46 After Jesus had fed the Five Thousand MountainPopularity Perspective (from God) 14:35Before the Journey to the Cross Garden Forego God’s will; Escape His suffering Receive God’s sufficient grace to persevere

26 It is not slowing down but centering down onto God. Jesus didn’t go to the Solitary Place, the desert, to be alone, but to be ALONE with the Father.

27 Whenever I take time to go to the Desert with the Father, to be silent before Him, to meditate on His word, to bring my life before Him in prayer, I would come back with a helicopter view of my life – where I have been, where I am now, where I should go.

28 Scripture : Mark SituationLocationTemptationBlessing 1:35 After Jesus had a very busy day ministering (preaching, healing, driving out demons) Desert (Solitary place) 1. Fatigue : a)More opened to temptation b)Less prone to seek and hear God Rest; Self-control; Purified ; filled with Passion for God

29 35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found Him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for You!” 38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”

30 Scripture : Mark SituationLocationTemptationsBlessings 1:35 After Jesus had a very busy day ministering (preaching, healing, driving out demons) Desert (Solitary place) 1. Fatigue : a) More opened to temptations b) Less prone to seek and hear God 2. To remain in a place of comfort and popularity, WITHOUT checking with God if that is His will. Rest; Self-control; Purified ; filled with Passion for God

31 Scripture : Mark SituationLocationTemptationBlessing 1:35 After Jesus had a very busy day ministering (preaching, healing, driving out demons) Desert (Solitary place) 1. Fatigue : a) More opened to temptations b) Less prone to seek and hear God 2. To remain in a place of comfort and popularity, without checking with God if that is His will. Rest; Self-control; Purified ; filled with Passion for God, Focused to do God’s Will

32 What does it mean to go to the Desert in our modern context ? It is to intentionally plan time out for us to be at a specific place, for a certain period of time. It could be some minutes a day, or some hours a week, or 1 day every 1 to 3 months, or 3 days every year.

33 “I saw busy, exhausted men and women, who appeared to be hours behind schedule. What a price we pay for the speed at which we run. Most of us remember these last 12 months as a blur of activities. There are so much work to do, so much demands on our time. There is so much pressure. Meanwhile, what should have mattered most was often put on hold or short-changed or ignored altogether. Millions of children received very little love and guidance this year from their busy parents. Husbands and wives pass like ships in the night, and our spiritual natures languished amidst over-crowded schedules and endless commitments.” – Dr James Dobson

34 We need to build into our lives spiritual rhythms, so that our spiritual lives will deepen and become richer. So that our souls would be fed and nourished.

35 Psalms 63:1 “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.”

36 Psalms 63:1-5 “ 1 You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. 2 I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. 3 Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. 4 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. 5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.


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