Forty Days of Prayer – Day 6

This is the first Monday morning in the season of Lent. Most of us are back to work as the new week starts. Most are looking at what needs to be done in the coming week and making plans and setting priorities. On Monday morning one thing we often forget is making sure we have time to pray. Listen to what Jesus did even with thousands of people following Him and wanting His time.

“Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone.” (Matthew 14: 22-23)

One of the regular practices we find with Jesus is that He made time to get away and pray. He dealt with crowds, real crowds. This passage occurs right after feeding the 5000 and that did not include the women and the children. I can imagine 10,000 people following after you trying to get a moment of your time. Talk about a hectic schedule. What was Jesus priority in this passage? He needed to get away from everyone and pray. Busyness is one of the greatest struggles that people face in today’s world of smart phones and internet. I remember what Corrie Ten Boom said, “If the devil can’t make you bad he’ll make you busy.”

I personally need to remember this because sometimes life brings so much that we often leave out prayer from the daily routine. A very helpful habit is making prayer a daily part of certain activities when you are all alone. This can be in the car on the way to work, when turning on your computer first thing in the morning, or the more common times before meals and closing your eyes in sleep at the end of the day. One of my favorite things about running is that it gets me away from everything for a short while and lets me pray for 40 minutes so that I have time for a full conversation with God.

In Christ’s Service, Pastor Dave

Lord thank you for this new day and this new week. Thank you for all the people who are a part of my week. Thank you for the things I get to do and help me grow. Thank you for the time I get to just speak to You in prayer. May I hear Your voice as You speak in Your Son Jesus. Amen

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