So, Jesus, perceiving that they [the crowds] were intending to come
and take Him by force to make Him King,
withdrew again to the mountain by Himself alone.
John 4:15, NASB
Several passages of Scripture (like the one above) tell about how even Jesus needed to pull away from the pressures of life. Even He needed to pray and to seek the Father’s will in all things. Even He, for a brief time, had to leave His work, important though it was, in order to return to it even better equipped to carry it out.
Likewise, as the time drew near for His painful death on the cross, He went into the
Olives, as was His custom, for a time of earnest prayer. Although
His disciples went there with Him, He “withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond
them, knelt down and prayed, ‘Father, if you are willing, take this cup from
me; yet not my will, but yours be done’” (Luke 22:41-42, NIV).
Dear Reader, may you and I set aside time to take a brief respite from the pressures of life in order to pray, to read the Word, and to rest our souls and bodies so that we can return—refreshed and ready—to whatever work/ministry God has given us.
Note: We don’t have to go to the beach or to the mountains, etc. Any quiet, peaceful place will do!