“And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.” (Matthew 14:23)
During Jesus’ time on earth, He had many people following Him. They wanted to hear what He had to say and to see miracles. He was always surrounded by crowds, never alone. In Matthew 14, Jesus had just fed the 5,000 then sent them all away, even the disciples. He needed some alone time, so He went up into the mountain to pray. Jesus was teaching us that there are times we need to get alone to pray.
Often, we get caught up in everyday cares and don’t have time for anything else, especially prayer. We have work or school and that takes up a lot of our time. We maybe get a few minutes to pray but not enough time to let God speak to us. We don’t have the alone time we need to pray.
We will find time for family but how often do we find time alone with God? It is during the alone times that God can speak to us. It is during that time that He gives us the strength to endure through whatever may come our way. If we say a quick “Now I lay me down to sleep” prayer, God doesn’t have time to talk to us. We have the “noises” of everyday life and it is during that alone time that we can shut out all that noise and hear God speaking to us.
Think about the amount of time you give to the world everyday and how much alone time you give to God. Which one is speaking more into your life? Take time for God and see how much better your day will be.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to make alone time for you. I know, it is during these alone times, that You give me strength to endure through whatever comes my way. Amen!
Devotion by Mishelle Nally