Text: Luke 4-6; Psalm 93
As Luke Chapters 4 and 5 unfold, we see Jesus begin His earthly ministry with a great victory over Satan and temptation, and the proclamation of His ministry in His hometown of Nazareth. We then see a series of demonstrations of His power and authority – over demons, disease, the disciples, the defilement of a leper, the defects of a paralytic, and over the despised (like the tax collector, Levi / Matthew). In the midst of all this, we find a very important truth.
15 But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. 16 But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray. (Luke 5:15-16)
What a powerful reminder that even on our very best days, we had better find time alone with the Lord in prayer. No matter how busy, no matter how important our agenda, no matter how strong and smart we feel, we are hopeless without prayer. Jesus, the perfect Son of God had to stop and take time to pray. Prayer even took priority over His ministry of teaching and healing. Sounds important! So… what priority do we place on our own times of prayer?
in Him, Mike