Daily Bread #6
Matthew 14:23; Mark 1:35; 6:46; Luke 5:16; 6:12; 9:18
Let us pick up where we left off on yesterday’s lesson on prayer. Sometimes we don’t have to wait on a praying audience to call out to our Father. All we need is a solitary place where or during the moment of quietness I can hear myself whispering to my Father. Our Lord gave us some wonderful examples concerning how He would separate Himself from His disciples and from His immediate surroundings in order to have quiet time with His Father (Matt. 14:23; Mark 1:35; 6:46; Luke 5:16; 6:12; 9:18). In one of the passages given, Luke 6:12, we read how our Lord spent all night talking the Father. Can anyone underestimate the need and the importance of prayer in the lives of Christians? Our Lord spent all night talking with His Father. There is line we cannot afford to cut or have disconnected; it is the believer’s prayer line.
While Jesus might have gone to physical locations to pray to His Father for extended periods of time, the point that must be made from the above references is not so much that a praying Christian needs to have a literal place to go if prayer is going to be meaningful. The place of solitude, first and foremost, for any Christian is the heart/mind of the believer. One might move to Horeb, the mountain of God, to find ultimate peace. The mere giving up of one location for another will not bring us the kind of result we might be seeking through prayer.
How does a believer make the transition from a physical location of quietness to having a mindset of quietness? It is a three step process.
First, reading the word of God with a view to understanding it, however small a portion it might be. Second, one must meditate on the message of that portion of scripture; to put it another way, in the quietness of reading God’s word, one must learn to listen to God with his heart. The third step is that the believer must accept by faith that God is speaking to him/her through His living word, and that these words must be actualized in his life.
Yes, our Lord would go off to places apart to pray to the Father, but be assured that His quietness was already established in Him. There was also a sense of deliberateness and purposefulness on the part of Jesus whenever He prayed. As we seek for places of quietness outside of us to pray, let us create that place of peacefulness in us first. When the heart is at peace with God, any physical location for prayer might do.
- We must embrace the need to be in constant communion with God.
- You place of solitude begins with you.
- Let the peace of God rule the heart first before looking for places of quietness outside of us.
The Beltway Church of Christ is located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area in Prince George’s County, MD near Joint Base Andrews.