7 Deadly Sins: Wrath
Once Jesus began his 3-year ministry, He often found Himself surrounded by multitudes. These throngs of people were often both physically and spiritually demanding. The Pharisees and Sadducees frequently posed questions to Jesus attempting to catch Him in an act of sedition toward the government or to place Him in a bad light before the large groups of people. There were often demands for miracles to be performed which often manifested in physical healings and large group feedings.
As crowds of people demanded more of Him, there was going to be a cost. Jesus would often end up ministering late into the night. Traveling uninterrupted from town to town became impossible. Through it all, Luke wants us to understand that this didn’t change Jesus’s priorities. Not only was Jesus committed to spending time with God, but He would go out of His way to find secluded places where He could commune with His Father. His days were too full not to pray.
Do you find it hard to spend time in prayer? The reality is, the harder things get, the more time you need to spend in pray. Prayer is an act of communion with your Heavenly Father. It is a way to approach the throne of grace and spend time in the presence of the almighty God, the creator of heaven and earth. When the troubles of this world seem to be mounting up all around you, run to God in prayer. You will find that the closer you come to His throne and the longer you stay in His presence, the smaller the worlds troubles will become.
Rejoice always! Pray constantly. Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus –1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
BUT THE NEWS ABOUT HIM SPREAD EVEN MORE, AND LARGE CROWDS WOULD COME TOGETHER TO HEAR HIM AND TO BE HEALED OF THEIR SICKNESSES. YET HE OFTEN WITHDREW TO DESERTED PLACES AND PRAYED.