Getting in My Presence
Many people came to hear Jesus and to be healed of their sicknesses, but Jesus often slipped away to be alone so he could pray. – Luke 5:15-16 (NCV)
When My Son walked on this earth, He performed all kinds of miracles. He opened blind eyes, helped lame people walk again, raised people from the dead, and healed numerous people of all kinds of diseases. Yet, despite all this power, He often took time away from the crowds clamoring to see Him to spend time with Me in prayer.
You might wonder why someone with such power and a widespread following would need to spend time in prayer. There are all kinds of reasons. Solitude helped him shut out the “noise” of the world. Even in the first century there was lots of it—people squabbling, criticizing Him, questioning His authority, or trying to trip Him up with trick questions. If the Son of God needed to pray, how much more do you need to spend time with Me?
The most important part of Jesus’ example: He spent time with Me. Alone, uninterrupted, quiet and peaceful time. Sure, He was perfect, but He was human too. He needed to talk with Me, ask questions, seek guidance, ask about My will, and express His joy and appreciation for all that I do. Most of all, getting in My presence gave Him the sense that He was not alone. He would one day tackle a challenge that no other person has ever faced. He needed to know that I was there. So do you.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth
- This passage describes the time right before the Roman soldiers came to take Jesus away. What would you do if you were about to face a mob that would unjustly accuse you of wrongdoing? Would you feel the need to pray? What would you tell Me?