“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Luke 5:16
Jesus had become very popular among the people. Many people were chasing Him down to receive healing from Him. Others loved to hear His teaching. Some were even trying to find a way to get rid of Him.
Today, Jesus would be just like a big celebrity. Everywhere a famous person goes, there are crowds of people wanting to see him. There are also crowds of reporters to report what he is doing.
Even though Jesus came to save the world, He would often get away from the people to be alone. Jesus would slip out the back door and go off to a place where there were no people.
A few people love to be alone, but most like to be around some other people. When alone, people like to do various things. Some like to read, or watch a movie, or write in a journal, or sleep, or just sit and think.
The purpose for Jesus to be alone was to be alone with God His Father. He would spend that time alone to pray. During this time of prayer, He probably received direction and strength for the next things to do. Jesus never did anything that His Father did not say or do.
For most people, everyday is very busy with many things to do. Often people feel like they don’t have enough time to get everything done. There are always places to go, people to see and things to do.
In the rush of everything, you must take time to get alone with God. This time alone should be more than a five second prayer time that is rushed also.
Take time to stop and talk with God on a regular basis. It does not have to be the exact same time everyday, but it should be everyday. Let God know what is on your heart. Then, listen to what is on God’s heart.
God has a plan for you today. If you do not listen to what God has for you, you will miss it. The only way you will hear what that plan is, is by getting alone with Him and listening to Him.
I pray today that you will get alone with God; that you will take time to hear what God has for you; that you will be willing to walk away from things of this world; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.