I have been agitated lately about a few things. The fact that we are in the midst of a pandemic where in the U.S. there is even significant division about the virus’ threat. I won’t go on about all the things that I’ve observed and how it has personally affected me. That’s not what this post is about.
I would like to share something I am learning from my reading this morning, though. I read from the Bible, the fifth chapter of Luke. One verse, small, simply stated became a lesson of which I needed to be reminded.
“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”
Luke 5:16 NIV
Miracle of a large catch of fish, healing of leprosy, teaching and healing many and casting out demons, then, the author drops in this observation. Why?
The author,remember, is recounting an eyewitnesses account. Much can be recounted from what this witness actually saw. “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places to pray” suggests Jesus went alone to pray. If this is the case, the eyewitness could not share more specifics except “often,” “withdrew,” and “lonely places.”
The word “often” is therefore significant to note and because it is so simply stated in the midst of the accounting of Jesus’ busy ministry, the importance of personal prayer must be highlighted and not carelessly overlooked.
I need to often withdraw to lonely places and pray.
I have often heard and said, “well, the only thing I can do is pray.” I do believe also the adage that “sometimes you must put feet (or actions) to our prayers.” Unfortunately, both cliches uphold the connotation that actions are more important than prayer. That I think is fundamentally my problem.
Following through with one more cliche (I apologize), instead of telling myself to “look before I leap,” I should try prayer before I leap into action or response. This at least gives prayer an equal value to my actions.
I think because Christ who was so much more in tune with the will of God than I am took several opportunities to pray, it ought to be more of this sinners practice before, during and after anything else I do.
““This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
Matthew 6:9-10 NIV
Excuse me, now, while I go pray.
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