“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” -Luke 5:16
Who knew a sentence just shy of ten words could mean so much to us Christians?
Jesus was pretty famous. Whether people loved or hated Him, His name was known. He held the highest of titles: Lord of lords, King of kings, Savior of the world. And while I’m sure we consider ourselves to be busy, hardworking people, Jesus was always clocked in on His Father’s business.
That’s what makes this verse so profound. In spite of Jesus’ numerous titles, the people who sought Him out, and the enemies He had, He designated time to be alone with God to pray.
And if Jesus ensured He made one-on-one time with God, then prayer must be 100 times more important, or just as essential, for us.
So why don’t we always pray?
We go throughout our day saying we don’t have the time, or we are too surrounded by others and couldn’t pray; we say we’re working too hard or too busy helping others. Yet, looking at the life of Jesus makes all of our “reasons” for not praying excuses and fancy lies.
From the way Scripture is written, it seems as if the busier Jesus became the more He designed time with God. Check it out:
Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.(Luke 5:15-16 NIV)
My question to you today is this: when life becomes busier do you seek God more or less? As your fame increases, your success grows, does your prayer life grow with it?
I don’t know what Jesus said in His prayers. Perhaps He asked for strength, for guidance, for peace. Maybe He prayed for His disciples or asked for God’s glory to reign on earth. Whatever it was, Jesus saw having a prayer life necessary for living a godly lifestyle here on earth. And if it was important for Jesus, then it’s important for us too.