In the early morning,
while it was still dark,
Jesus got up, left the house,
and went away to a secluded place,
and was praying there.
We read here that the Lord Jesus rose very early in the morning and went to a quiet, inhospitable place to seek the face of His Father in prayer.
In this way He would be strengthened to the many and arduous labors which may have awaited Him again on this day.
This is also an indication for us.
We must never neglect prayer, including morning prayer.
It is sometimes skipped or very shortened, with the excuse that we are too busy today. But when you are busy, that is just a reason to expand the prayer.
Luther used to say to his wife, Catherine, I have to pray for an hour this morning, I am so busy today.
All work also needs preparation, and the best preparation is prayer, for without Him we cannot do anything, can we?
And early in the morning is the most appropriate time for prayer.
Then it is still silent around us, and there are no distracting voices.
Then our strength is still fresh, and we do not fall asleep while praying late at night, as may sometimes be the case.
Those who fold their hands early in the morning, will, by God’s grace, see them strengthened during the day .