” And when He (Jesus)had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.” (Matthew 14:23)
During a concert, the singer responded to a question from the Audience about how he composes songs. He said there are three aspects to consider: a quiet room, an empty page, and a question, ” Is there something I should know?”
This is really a astonishing approach for us as followers of Jesus to seek His will in our lives each day. Throughout Jesus’s public ministry, He took time to be alone in prayer. Right after feeding 5,000+ people with five loaves of bread and two fish, He sent His disciples to cross the Sea of Galilee by boat, while He dismissed the crowd (Matt.14:22). That’s the time He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray! Later that night, He was there alone (v.23).
If our Lord Jesus saw the need to be alone with His Father,how much more do we need a daily time of solitude to pour out our hearts to God, ponder more on His Word, and prepare ourselves to follow His directions. Therefore, a quiet room- anywhere we can focus on our Lord without distractions. An empty page- a receptive mind willingness to listen. Then ask the Lord: ” Is there something I should know? Lord, speak to me by Your Spirit,Your written Word,and the needed assurance of Your direction.” Praise God, from that quiet hillside, Jesus descended into a violent storm,knowing exactly what His Father wanted Him to do. (v.24-27) That’s why, taking time to be with God is the best place to find strength! Hallelujah Praise be to Our Lord.