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 Alone with God in prayer
30/04/2018 16:24:26 GMT
Written by David Hathaway

'Jesus constrained His disciples to get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitude away. And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray. Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and He was alone on the land. Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea...' (Mark 6:45-48)

Jesus always knows in advance what is going to happen. And on this occasion, He felt the need to be alone with His Father in prayer. It is wonderful to pray together as a body of believers, but to receive strength for each day, we need to be alone with God in prayer. For me, my 'real' praying is not when I am in a church service, it is when I am alone with Him. It is when there are no distractions, when I am alone - I like to go to the mountains to pray. Why did Jesus go alone to the mountains? To talk to His Father. Why do I do it? To talk to my Father. His Father is my Father. My Father is His Father. Our Father is your Father. In the story Jesus had to be alone with His Father. And there are times when we all have to be alone with God. 

So, Jesus is praying; He knew exactly what was going to happen. He said to His disciples, 'Get in the boat, go to the other side.' They got in, and started their journey. Jesus is a long time on the mountain praying. A storm came, so the ship was in difficulty. The Bible says it was the middle of the night - the time it is describing is the darkest hour. I don't know whether you are aware, but doctors tell me, it is in the darkest hour, just before dawn, that more people die: it is the time when the body's natural rhythm is at its lowest. So it is in our lives, there are lows and there are highs, yet Jesus is there all the time. The wonderful thing is, Jesus saw His disciples on the sea. They were having a problem. Jesus made the decision that He would come to their aid. In those days they didn't have rescue helicopters or fast boats; there was only one way Jesus could reach them, and that was on foot, so He started walking on the water. The amazing thing is, wherever you are, whatever trouble you are in, whether you have ascended the heights or descended into depths, Jesus can always reach you; Jesus can always get to where you are. 


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