Often sought by Jesus:
After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone – NIV Matthew 14:23
Seeking solitude was an important priority for Jesus (see also 14:13). He made room in his busy schedule to be alone with the Father. Spending time with God in prayer nurtures a vital relationship and equips us to meet life’s challenges and struggles. Develop the discipline of spending time alone with God – it will help you grow spiritually and become more and more like Christ.
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. – NIV Luke 5:16
People were flocking to hear Jesus preach and to have their diseases healed, but Jesus made sure he often withdrew to quiet, solitary places to pray. Many things clamour for our attention, and we often run ourselves into the ground attending to them. Like Jesus, however, we should take time to withdraw to a quiet and deserted place to pray. Strength comes from God, and we can only be strengthened by spending time with him.
©Kingsway “International” Church 1973.