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35 Early in the morning, well before sunrise, Jesus rose and went to a deserted place where he could be alone in prayer.
23 When he sent them away, he went up onto a mountain by himself to pray.
16 But Jesus would withdraw to deserted places for prayer.
Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”
Jesus prayed—often. Sometimes we treat prayer as only a way to tell God about what we want (often we seem to assume God won’t know about that unless we tell him). Jesus even mentioned one reason some people give for not praying—“your Father knows what you need before you ask.” But that didn’t stop him—right after that, in Matthew 6:8-13, he taught his disciples the Lord’s Prayer.
Lord Jesus, it doesn’t make sense to say I love someone, and then never talk to them. Thank you for always listening when I pray, and for sometimes speaking in the depths of my heart and mind. Amen.
Jesus often went off by himself to find a quiet place to pray. When I think about all the people who wanted to be around Jesus, hanging on his every word with the crowd pushing in on him, the introverted part of me can relate!
After a long day of interacting with the world, I often need time to just be still. Without the clutter of conversation, over-stimulation, commotion or tasks beckoning me. I need to be in a quiet room alone or, even better, out in nature to center myself.
But Jesus didn’t retreat just to be by himself. He retreated so he could pray. So he could have his alone time with God-–a one-on-one conversation, in a quiet place.
Recently, scrolling through social media, I came across a saying which gave me pause and made me think. It said, “Prayer is not to inform God, but to invite God.” God doesn’t need me to tell him about my day, about my concerns or to ask for what I want for myself or others. I need prayer time to invite God to the conversation.
I need to invite him to speak into my life and any concerns or problems I am trying to work out. I can easily stew over an issue, replaying a conversation in my mind over and over, or even think about what I want to say to someone (scripting). But when I actually PRAY about it instead of circling around in my own thoughts, I’m then inviting the Holy Spirit to intercede. The next right thing to do tends to become clear. Prayer calms me and keeps my brain from racing around and puts me in a better place of discernment. Prayer helps me move forward with the confidence that I am following God’s will and not my own. The challenging part for me is making the time to find a quiet place and truly engage in prayer. I’ve put the saying up on my mirror, so I see it every morning as a reminder to invite God into a conversation.
* Phillip Yancey, Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2006, p. 78.