After he dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, . . . Matthew 14:23
In the context of this event with Christ and his disciples, He sent them across the lake in their boat ahead of Him. He then went to pray.
It’s easy to pray . . . right? I can’t tell you the number of times prayer has felt more like trying to speak another language without knowing a single word in that dialect. Not knowing what to say, how to say it, where to say it, when to say it. Should I ask? Should I tell? Do I even need to speak? He knows everything already so what’s the real point?
No, it’s not so easy to pray! But when I hear someone else pray from their heart through the love of Christ, it’s like my spirit has been refreshed! I shared this with my oldest son recently when we were talking about prayer. I mentioned how much of a joy it is to hear him pray — to witness him approach the throne on our behalf as we all begin our day!
Prayer is a connection unmatched by any other relationship on earth! It’s a fellowship that enriches the heart and infuses the spirit with a communion of God’s love that by nature is the epitome of faith and trust! And when we pray, Christ prays! When He hears the voice of His children praying, His Spirit too is filled with joy!
When Christ went onto the hillside, He did so to be alone . . . to think . . . to commune . . . to intercede! And hours later He came to the lake. Hours later? Yes! He spent hours interceding in conversation with His (our) heavenly Father, knowing the fullness of what was yet to come.
Lord Jesus, help my voice speak the words of my heart in fellowship with you often so you can intercede on my behalf to the Father! I know BIG things happen when I’m in fellowship with you and I know BIG things take place in the Kingdom when you mention my name to the Father! May I learn to be still, listen and pray!
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