The crowds thronged Him. Everywhere He went they were there. He tried to mourn after his cousin’s brutal death, but the people found Him. Some came to hear His teachings. Others came for healing. Some came to be fed. Some came looking for a king. Others came just to watch. But they all came – looking, searching, needing.
And Jesus did not disappoint. He taught. He healed. He fed. He demonstrated the kingdom. But Jesus did something else as well. Perhaps the most important thing. No matter how in demand He was, no matter how great the need before Him, Jesus took the time to get alone with God and pray.
Life can be hectic. There are times when it seems everyone wants a piece of you. There are so many things demanding our time – often good things. But when life is chaotic, and there is so much to do, so many needs demanding our time, perhaps we should we remind ourselves, “What did Jesus Do?” Jesus withdrew to a quiet place and dialogued with the Father before emerging full of power, wisdom, and compassion.
Let’s do what Jesus did. Let’s withdraw regularly, pray, and allow the Father to recharge us and fill us up again so that we can go out and preach the gospel, heal the sick, feed the poor, and demonstrate the kingdom with power, wisdom, and compassion. Let’s do what Jesus did.
“Yet Jesus himself frequently withdrew to the wilderness and prayed.”
Luke 5:16 NET