Mark 6:45-46: Jesus at prayer.

“45 Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.” NIV UK

We never get the impression from the gospels that Jesus prayed at one particular time. He prayed much, that is obvious. He prayed at different hours and in varying circumstances. I believe we can safely say that His life was soaked in prayer. We can’t help but feel inspired (and rebuked) by His example.

But Jesus didn’t just say prayers; He walked with the Father. His prayers were not religious; they were an expression of a relationship. We, too, are sons of God. No-one else can be a Son of God in the unique way Jesus is. He is the eternal Son. Nevertheless, we are adopted as sons through Jesus, and we too can seek to keep in step with our Father.

In this prayerful enjoyment of God, we will not only say things, and ask for things. We will also hear things. We will receive direction (43) from the Lord Himself. When you run into a storm, it’s a precious thing to recall how you got into this boat in the first place. If Jesus ‘’made’’ you set sail, He has a reason for you finding yourself in these angry waters; tossed to and fro by pounding waves. Everything is right that seems most wrong when you’re in God’s will.

Make it your aim to walk with God; and remember, ‘If you want to meet Him everywhere, you must meet Him somewhere; if you want to find Him all the time, you must find Him some time.’

PRAYER: I believe Jesus is my pattern in prayer, as in everything else. Help me please, Holy Spirit, to follow my Lord into the ‘secret place.’