Jesus often took time to get away from the crowds and His own disciples in order to be alone. We too need to take time to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives and our stressful routine. Yet, instead of seeking out other distractions in our alone time, like watching TV, surf the internet, or play video games, Jesus teaches us that His solitude was purposeful. He always went away to spend time in prayer communicating with the Heavenly Father or He read the Bible in the Synagogue. Jesus wasn't distracted, He was purposeful and He used His solitude to feed His spiritual needs of connecting with God. As He deepened His relationship with God the Father, He was being refreshed and recharged to continue His stressful ministry and journey to the Cross. Each of us need to spend time away from those that are around us and just spend some time with our Lord privately too. This is a challenge in our modern lives because many of us are always on the go. The devil wants us to be distracted and knows that when we spend time in prayer or in God's Word we will be refreshed. Don't let the devil win. Follow Christ's example!

In Matthew 14:2 & 13 we are given two halves that sandwich the same day. Between going up on a mountainside to pray and retreating to a solitary place by boat, Jesus teaches a crowd and performs the miracle of feeding more than 5,000 people. Jesus centered His day around solitude and prayer. What can you do to prioritize some alone time with God in prayer today?

“After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone...when Jesus heard what had happened, He withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place (Matthew 14:2 & 13).”

Pastor Joel