Lately I've thought a lot about Jesus withdrawing to pray. He felt the pressure of his public ministry, he had crowds of adoring people always following him, and the needy always needing something from him. In the midst of these crazy times he withdrew. When people were pressing in around him he made the difficult choice to leave. When he saw his disciples getting maxed out he sent them away too. Get away. Tone things down. Rest. Pray.
Most of us also feel the insanity of our busy lives. Going to work, being social, attending events, volunteering at church, and running our kids around has a cumulative affect on us. A negative cumulative affect. We want to do things. We need to do things. Other people want us to do things. And so, we find ourselves doing exactly what Jesus taught us...getting away. Turning the TV on for a few hours to drown out the static in our minds. Going out of town for a weekend to overeat and oversleep. But wait, Jesus got away to pray.
Luke 5:16 says, "But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed." I wonder when was the last time you withdrew to a quiet lonely place to pray? When was the last time you had so much praying to do that you needed a special place? When was the last time you were so exhausted that your only course of action was prayer? Many people assume that Jesus was simply better at this stuff than we are. They are right. Many assume that they'll never be able to pray like Him. Right again. But many assume too much...just because we'll never pray as well as Jesus, doesn't mean we can't follow the example of Jesus. After all we're followers of his; we're patterning our life after him. So what would it be like, what would it take, for you to get away and pray?
Read the Bible in One Year Plan: Leviticus 5-7