Do you make time for prayer?
"Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them."
After completing His God-given assignment for the day, Jesus spent time alone with His Father in prayer. He took the action needed to get to the place of prayer: He dismissed the crowds and made the disciples get into the boat and proceed to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. We need to do this after completing our God-given assignment of the day.
As a parent, we need to make time to spend some time with the Lord in prayer at the end of our parenting day. As a teacher, we need to spend time in prayer at the end of our teaching day and so with the mechanic, the engineer, the wife, husband, etc.
Are you making time for prayer in your life?
Blessing follows us as we follow the example of Jesus.
The disciples found the going tough after their day of doing God's assignment. This also happens to us. We finish one assignment and find ourselves working late into the night being "beaten by the waves and winds of adversity".
Jacob, the patriarch of Israel, expressed his feeling of this in Genesis 42:36b, "Everything is against me." However, in Jacob's case at the very time he felt like this, everything was actually going his way.
The same was the case for the disciples. In the midst of their hardship they would see Jesus do a miracle, and learn a lesson about walking by faith and not by sight. The same will happen in our lives! In the midst of the adversity after a day of serving God, expect the Lord to come to us and teach how to walk more fully by faith.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures: