“After He had dismissed them, He went up on a mountainside by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone.” – Matthew 14:23
Jesus was intentional to set aside time to be alone in the presence of God in prayer.
If Jesus, who is our example of how we ought to live, was intentional to make time to meet with our Maker, how much more are we meant to be intentional in our time spent alone with Him? Though corporate worship and fellowship with the body are good and benefit in the building of our faith, the true intimacy in a relationship with our Redeemer, comes through our intentional isolation, spent seeking and sitting still before Him as we present our praise and prayers. We cannot hear if we are never quiet, and we cannot gain deeper insight, if we do not spend time in His word.
Real relationship is formed through prayer, patience, praise and persistence in His precious presence on a regular basis. A wise friend recently gave me an acronym for rest as a reminder that yes, He does want my time and energy spent studying, praying and being obedient to Him, but He also wants me to take time to REST in Him as well.
R – Relax
E – Enjoy
S – Stillness
Seeking is good. Studying is good. Resting and enjoying Him in stillness and trust, are also necessary, yet seemingly foreign in this fast-paced existence.
Jesus was busy too. Wherever He went, crowds would find and follow Him. When He wasn’t teaching a crowd or healing the hurting, Jesus was training the disciples in truth and trust, so that they too could stand strong and share the good news. In all the perpetual motion, the Majestic still made time to be before our Maker, alone, so that His heart and mind might be refreshed and refueled, and His heart be made ready for the rough road ahead.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Your Son to be our example and to make the way for us to pray and rest in You. Forgive us for the times that we are not intentional to set aside time to spend in prayer alone with You, and for not remembering to also take time to REST in You. Teach us to be intentional in our prayer, and to rest in You, so that we might be refreshed and renewed and made ready for our road ahead. Lead us to love others as we are loved by You, so that others too, might find truth and rest in You. Amen.