“Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After, he went upon a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came He was there alone…” (Matthew 14 v.22-23)
Jesus gives us an example here about the need to pray. He had just finished feeding the 5000 men plus women and children, before which He had healed many of the people. To replace the energy that He had lost in being so busy, He went away on His own to pray. He made room in His busy schedule to be alone with the Father.
Jesus is showing us the importance of rebuilding our bodies and our minds when we are very busy.
I will admit that I don’t always find time in my busyness to stop to pray. However, after reading this and the commentary, I am determined to follow the example of Jesus…except the “mountainside”; that would be very difficult in Long Itchington.
The commentary is that spending time with God in prayer nurtures a vital relationship and equips us to meet life’s challenges and struggles.
We all need that help and if we find it difficult to find words to pray, Jesus said the Holy Spirit will give you what to say.
In Christian love,