Why be predictable this New Year?
Everyone will be making resolutions to lose weight, eat healthier, exercise more often, pay off their credit cards, get a better job or be more organized.
I challenge you to be different. I encourage you to resolve to spend more time alone with God in prayer.
Make Quiet Prayer Time a Priority
In our quest to copy Jesus, we ought to sit up and take notice of how many times the Bible says Jesus stole away to a quiet place to have a simple conversation with His Father in heaven.
After Jesus fed the 5000, look at what He did:
After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone. Matthew 14:23 NLT
I think this is a great model for us to follow. We need to regularly get away to a quiet place where we can be alone with God. It recharges our spiritual batteries. It refocuses us. It keeps us from drifting off course.
In another instance, after Jesus healed and cast demons out of many people, guess what he did?
Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. Mark 1:35 NLT
In this example, He gets up really early and prays. In the first instance, He prayed in the evening until night fell. The time of day doesn’t matter. I’ve heard more than one person insist that morning prayer time is the only way to go. Hogwash! Jesus prayed in the morning and in the evening. Do whatever works for you. But, notice that in both examples He got alone with God. That’s what is really important.
Here’s one last example to look at:
But despite Jesus’ instructions, the report of his power spread even faster, and vast crowds came to hear him preach and to be healed of their diseases. But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer. Luke 5:15-16 NLT
You might think that Jesus would want to capitalize on the momentum His ministry was gaining. You might expect Him to urgently spend all of the limited time He had sharing His message and performing miraculous wonders. However, look at what Luke tells us, “But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.”
Is our mission, our calling, more important than His? If He found time to be alone with God in prayer, then maybe this would make the perfect New Year’s resolution for us.
I want to copy Jesus by stealing away to quiet places with God.