Getting Ready Alone

Getting Ready Alone

December 1o

Read: MARK: 1:1-8

“John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (v. 4).

Being alone can help us hear from God. John the Baptist lived in the wilderness, wearing animal skins and eating locusts and wild honey. When he emerged from that isolation, he carried a divine message that prepared the way for Jesus the Messiah.

The message wasn’t gentle: God told the people to repent and be baptized so their sins could be forgiven. John had to be ready to deliver this message and to respond to the inevitable blowback it would cause. To prepare, he spent most of his time with God and away from people.

John’s time with God gave him perspective and a call. Although the people had neglected God, God graciously provided them a Savior.

Time alone with God is time well spent.

Heavenly Father, help me to find time to be alone with you. Guide me into your plans for my life. In Jesus’s name, AMEN.

About the Author

Jessica Carter | I am minister of preaching and teaching at Bethany Covenant Church in Berlin, Connecticut. To support women called to ministry, I wrote Troubling Her: A Biblical Defense of Women in Ministry. More recently, I founded Hear Wisdom Ministries ( to make my teaching available online. Prior to being called into ministry, I was a corporate attorney. I hold degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv), Duke University (JD/MBA), and Spelman College. In my spare time, I like to read, listen to music, watch home improvement shows, and discover new types of tea.

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