“The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat,, he sad to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.” (Mark6:30–32)
Jesus knew His ministry better than anyone else. There were times when He would see the masses and have compassion and teach them, but He also knew that there came times when it was just as important that He continue to teach His disciples what and how to do, so that when He was no longer with them, they would have a model of ministry to follow in His footsteps.
It was in those times that He would withdraw from the masses, from the towns, to pray and to teach His disciples, and prepare for His forthcoming death. His God-given ministry interrupted His attempts at privacy, but the crowds often tried to interrupt His attempts at privacy. You see, it is important to have both public and private times, in order to pray, to seek guidance from our Lord, that we might refocus ourselves to the ministry that it before us.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, in ministry whether as clergy or laity, we must take time for our own private prayer time. Thus, we must withdraw from others around us, to ensure our prayers are fully and solely prayers between ourselves and our Lord. In this manner we are then able to teach and preach to others on how to pray and worship God in and through our lives. Let our prayers at all times, be focused on You sweet Abba, so that in so doing, we are able to hear Your response and guidance for our lives. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Jesus never taught how to pray, only how to pray.”
“Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.” (John 6:15)
Jesus went alone to pray. The Greek text emphasizes solitariness by the use of the phrase. He “withdrew by Himself alone.” Jesus wanted fellowship with His Father more than with people seeking purposes opposed to the Father’s. In essence, He knew He was not on this earth to become a king, He was here to preach, teach, and to experience all human emotions; the good, the bad; the hurtful, the joyful; the hatred, and the love of all mankind. Therefore, He had no choice but to withdraw, to move away and to continue His ministry elsewhere.
“Prayer, Jesus’ Example”: (Acts7:59-60)
Stephen, who was among the first seven deacons of the church, was the first person to be killed because he was a Christian, saw a vision of the ascended Christ with God. He used Jesus’ favorite title for Himself, Son of man, to refer to the reigning Christ. The dying Stephen directed his prayer to Christ; “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep. In essence, Stephen prayed Christ’s first and last prayers on the cross in reverse order. Believers can face death in confidence and good conscience by following Christ’s example.
Second Thought of the Day:
“I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.’” (Matthew 11:25-26)
Jesus was conscious of a unique relationship to the Father. He alone could introduce people to the Father’s true nature, for He alone shared fully in intimate personal relationship with the Father. To know the Father we must know the Son.
Jesus came to this earth to preach, teach, and to model both the character of God and also how we communicate with God. Prayer is our personal communication with Almighty God and it is available at all times, day or night. It is not a “wishline,” it is in fact, a way for us to humbly share our prayers,, petitions, thanksgivings and those things that we don’t understand. It is part of our faith, that we worship and prayer is a portion of that time, whereby we open our hearts and minds to Him. Trust Him, beloved.