2 Chronicles 30:27
Today is the twenty second day of the Lent season. We have been reading in the Bible this week and last week about Jesus being very busy in His ministry. He was walking through all the towns telling crowds of people about God's Kingdom. He was healing people and setting people free from demons and bondage. Many times we read that as soon as Jesus tried to leave for quiet time and to rest, but the crowds would follow Him. They would not leave Him alone. In today's scripture we read a sentence that says "After He had dismissed them, He went up on a mountainside by Himself to pray. Later that night, He was there alone." This happened after Jesus fed the 5,000 people and before He walked on water.
There are other scriptures in the Bible that report Jesus going off to be alone to pray to God. It was very necessary for Jesus to take that time to be alone with God to make sure that He was hearing God and in God's Will. Jesus showed us by example that we need to find time alone to talk to God, and have quiet time so that we can hear God.
By reading the Word of God (The Bible), we learn knowledge of God and His ways. Then it becomes easy for us to know and understand what are God's ways and what is of the world and what is from the devil. That is why it is important to read the Bible every day. Jesus gave us an example on how to Pray in Luke 11:1-4. Many people learn this prayer and pray it. That is good, but what Jesus was trying to do was give us an example of how to pray from our heart to God. He said not to memorize prayers but pray from your heart. Jesus taught us that we are to have a personal relationship with God. God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit should be your very best friends. Once you realize how much God loves you, it will come easy to pray to God from your heart.
Almighty and everlasting God, I want to know you more. I want a personal relationship with You. Thank You for Jesus and the Holy Spirit, and Thank You for loving me as your child. I desire to spend time reading Your Word, the Bible, and having time to talk quietly with you. I ask You to help me learn how to hear Your voice and know Your ways. In Jesus' Name I Pray, Amen.
Click on the Picture of the Beautiful Meadow to learn about finding a quite place to spend time with God. - Lesson from Rainbow Castle in God's Kingdom.
22 "Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone."
More Ideas and Links:
Teaching Children How To Pray by Just 4 Kids Magazine.com
The Old Testament and Gospel Bible Text is from NIV and copied from Bible Gateway.com