Verse of the Day

"But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer."

~Luke 5:16

Today's Devotional Thought

July 24, 2013 by Wendy Foreman


Going to the Wilderness to Pray

Do you withdraw and spend time with God?

Today's verse is in the midst of many verses talking about Jesus' ministry. Now if you are just reading along you would probably just read right over this verse and not think twice about it. However, when I read it, I stopped and thought about it. I thought about how Jesus was both God and man and how tired he must have been after traveling around teaching and healing. I wondered about the conversation he must have had with his father.

What things did he prayed for?

But ultimately I camped on the idea that Jesus was just like us.

If I were a betting woman, I would bet that just about everyone reading this has a life that is insanely busy. If you are a young mom, you are busy running your children from one place to another on top of cleaning house, doing laundry, working outside the home if you do and let's not forget any other responsibilities you may have (clubs, ministries at church, etc.). Now if you are older and your children take care of themselves, you have probably filled your time with other things such as organizations you lead (within the church or in your community) and perhaps you are still working. Then let's add in aging parents that you are caring for, or maybe you are taking care of your grandkids or your spouse. The responsibilities that we have are never ending. Life is pushing in on us!

In the busyness of our day, do we find ourselves withdrawing and going to the wilderness to pray?

I want to make a very clear point here…so please listen. I am sure that most of us have our quiet time in the morning. We read our Bibles, open up a devotional book, look over additional Scripture, pray and maybe journal our thoughts.

But what I am talking about today is different.

When you read the verses that surround our key verse today we get a clear picture that Jesus was tired. People were pushing in, he was teaching and healing, he reached a point when he (in my opinion) just needed refreshment, and he needed rest. Scripture doesn't tell us what he prayed or what he did for that evening. I sure would love to know! We do know that by morning they were looking for Him and people were ready for more teaching and more healing and He was ready to go. Jesus, during his time with his heavenly Father, received what He needed to go about the work His father had for Him.

We all have things that lay ahead for us in each day. Taking care of our kids, grandkids, parents, spouses, our jobs and many other things. Sometimes, when life is pushing in, we need to do more than 15 minutes in the morning reading Scripture. We need to lock ourselves in our prayer closet and let Him refresh us.

If life is pushing in and you are feeling weary and tired let me give you some good news today. Jesus, who is our example, would slip away and spend time in prayer. During that prayer time I believe with all my heart that God strengthened Him and prepared Him for what he had for him.

God will do the same for you.

Memorize this verse today:

"But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer."
~Luke 5:16

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