Day 16 Devo - Private Prayer

The news about Him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses.  But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.  (Luke 5:15-16)

Jesus usually had very little time for Himself while He was on earth.  He came to be a servant to us, and He devoted Himself fully to His ministry.  Because of the stressful and hectic nature of His days, He constantly spent time alone in prayer.  To avoid distractions, He found private places where He would be alone and undisturbed during these times of prayer.

• Read Luke 6:12-13

Here we see Jesus praying in private all night long!  Since Jeaus was the son of God,  and perfect in His ways, we might  think that He did not really need to spend time in prayer.  Yet he spent more time in prayer with His Father than the best of us do.  He has clearly shown us the importance of private prayer time.

In the beginning  section of Luke 6, Jesus made the pharisees and lawyers furious by  His healing miracle, and they wanted to find a way to destroy Him.  Jesus constantly encountered the same kind of opposition from evil men.  Jesus sought His revuge in prayer alone with the  Father, and found strength, confidence, and comfort.

It was also the night before the choosing of the twelve apostles that Jesus spent all night in prayer.  In preparation for this important decision, which required much wisdom, Jesus prepared with private prayer  The beginning of this new ministry through  His chosen twelve began in prayer!

Point to Ponder:

Jesus has given us a valuable example to follow.  When you are going through trying situations, and need to be renewed, private prayer time is what you need!  Apart from distractions and disturbances, you can concentrate on God and what He wants to show you.  Here you will find His peace, rest, and strength to go on.

When you are in stituations whree you need God's direction in your life, and you are faced with new and important challenges, you should also prepare with prayer!  You need to know that you

are going in the direction God desires, and you need to commit your way to God through prayer.