My favorite part of the day is the time I spend in complete isolation from the world. Sounds awful, I know. It’s not. In fact, it’s biblical.
Each day, I look forward to my 60 minutes away from the crowd, computer off, and phone put away as I solely bask in the presence of our Creator.
I have found that when I don’t prioritize that hour, I’m not pleasant to be around. I’m not living with grace, gentleness, or self-control. I’m running off of my own strength. I’m wise in my own eyes. I become frustrated with people and circumstances that loom around me. I sometimes take those frustrations out on whoever is the easiest target. Sound familiar?
Throughout the Gospels, we read that Jesus WENT AWAY TO PRAY:
Matthew 14:22 -23
Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone..
Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.”
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.
But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.
In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God.
If Jesus so passionately longed for times of separation from the world to seek the Father, how much more should we intentionally take time to walk away from the crowd to seek His face in prayer and study?