Friday Night Devotional by Kevin Nishinaga, 2/5/2016
Are you busy? Too busy to pray? You probably wouldn’t say that out loud, but what do your prayer habits demonstrate? Consider Christ’s example:
“But the news about Him was spreading even farther, and large crowds were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.” (Luke 5:16, NASB)
Jesus Himself was quite busy serving the peoples’ spiritual and physical needs; He had a vast number of people who clamored for His time. Surely no one would think it unusual for Him to preach and heal all day and use what few hours remained for sleep, but Jesus made it a habit to set time aside for prayer.
And He wasn’t just offering a quick minute or two of prayer – Luke uses a phrase that is translated “slip away to the wilderness”. “Slip away” shows that Jesus made a concerted effort to remove distraction by getting away from the crowds, and “to the wilderness” indicates that He spent extended time in prayer, since it makes little sense to go to such a desolate place for a short time.
If prayer was this important to Jesus, then we must also live lives that demonstrate this same priority. Let’s be challenged and motivated by His example to regularly plan time for prayer in our daily schedules, knowing that we too are unable to do anything without God’s power working in and through us!