Today's Reading - Luke 5-6
With just a quick glance at Luke chapters 5 and 6 you will notice that they are all stories that you probably already know. In fact many of us have heard them so often we simply just skim over them in our reading. We have even used many of Jesus’ “one- liners” to prove our biblical knowledge.
There is the calling of the first disciples in which Jesus says to Simon Peter “ I will make you fishers of men” or the literal NIV translation of “from now on you will catch men.” The man with leprosy, who believed if Jesus was just willing to heal him that he would be made clean. Then Jesus’ simple and most beautiful response, “I am willing.” The paralytic that came down from the roof, discussions on fasting and the Sabbath, the blessings and woes (Luke’s version of the Beatitudes), loving your enemies, judging others; and on and on.
These chapters are filled with rebuke and encouragement, lessons to live by everyday; but I want to focus on something that Jesus did, not what He said.
Luke 5:16 states “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Did you get that? Jesus, the Son of God, withdrew to be alone and pray. Jesus who had control over the wind and rain, could heal the sick with just His touch. Jesus that died and was raised from the dead-He needed to be alone and pray. Why don’t we do that? Why don’t I do that? Like many of you, I live an overwhelmingly busy life; but somehow I think I can handle it all. Somehow I think my quick prayers are enough to sustain me. That is, until I crash and burn then I withdraw and pray, and boy do I pray. That is when my knees ache from being in prayer. Jesus not only gave us words to live by, He modeled a life to live them by. If Jesus needed to withdraw often to lonely places to pray, can you imagine how much more you and I need to?
Can you imagine a life in which communion with God the Father was a priority not an after thought?
What distractions do you need to eliminate to be alone with God in prayer?
Ok, put down the Bible and go do it!
by Laura Arana