Luke 9: “Between the Crowds and the Quiet”

People are shocked when it’s pointed out to them how often Jesus tried to get away from the crowds. We tend to think that because Jesus was here to save the lost that he wanted to be surrounded by them all the time. Well, he did, but he also knew the importance of spending time alone. In fact, just look at the examples found in this chapter:

(:10) When the apostles returned, they told Jesus everything they had done. Then he slipped quietly away with them toward the town of Bethsaida.

(:18) One day Jesus left the crowds to pray alone.

(:28) About eight days later Jesus took Peter, John, and James up on a mountain to pray.

What’s even more interesting about these examples is what Jesus does when he’s alone. Of course there were times when he went to be alone with his disciples, but more important were the times he went to be alone and pray. If you remember from our reading last week, we read in Luke 5:16, But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.

Jesus teaches us that it’s vitally important to pray and spend alone time with our Heavenly Father. There are multiple examples in scripture where Jesus woke up early in the morning to pray and listen to the instructions from his Father for that day. Each day was specific, unique, and provided an opportunity for God to reveal His power through His son, Jesus. Imagine what your day would be like if you were available for God to use you in a specific and unique way.

As you begin this week, I simply want to challenge you to find time to get alone with God and pray. It doesn’t matter where or when, as long as you get alone and listen to what He has for you today.