Jesus Prays in Lonely Places
Once Jesus began His 3-year ministry. He often found Himself surrounded by large crowds. These throngs 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 common people. There were demands for miracles to be performed 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 often ended 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’ 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.
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.
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 prayer. 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 troubles of this world will become.
He then told them a parable on the need for them to pray always and not to become discouraged
REJOICE ALWAYS! PRAY CONSTANTLY. GIVE THANKS IN EVERYTHING, FOR THIS IS GOD’S WILL FOR YOU IN CHRIST JESUS.