Scriptural reading: Matthew 14:23; Luke 6:12, 5:16, 9:18; Mark 1:35
“No man is an island”. This old saying remains very true in our modern world. The mere fact that population is increasing, there are now people willing to live alone.
Whether we are battling the hustle and bustle of the city or enjoying a quiet Saturday afternoon there is still an urgency to be alone. To be in a state of solitude seems to be a part of everyday life in order to get away from the never ending complexities of a 24 hour cycle.
Why is this so? Answers would be numerous. To take time out to be alone is a thing that is a must for everyone. Obviously this will give an individual the needed time for what ever reason. Would it be good to be alone? If one would be after a private moment not only to escape the reality of this chaotic world but also to enjoy a quiet moment. Is it good to be alone?
And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
In this passage, Jesus wanted to pray. The word “pray” in Greek is “proseuchomai”. This word is derived from the words “pros” meaning a preposition of direction. Example: Forward or toward to. The other word is “euchoma” by implication to pray to God. We have to see the essence in this passage what and why Jesus is trying to tell us to do and to understand.
Our spirits has to be open at any time. Our spirit will tell us that we have to go forward or towards having a prayerful attitude.This is the characteristic that the Holy Spirit would be installed in our lives as the Lord Jesus tells us as we pray, we are not alone. We are with SOMEONE. We should be alone with our Heavenly Father.
And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.
In these two passages, let us take a look at the environment where our Lord Jesus prayed. On verse twelve of chapter six, Jesus went into the mountain. In Greek to go to the mountain means to be lifted up from the plain and is therefore in a place where it is quiet. The same environment as that of verse sixteen of chapter five of the same book. Here Jesus in the wilderness or a place inhabited, desolate continued to pray. Why in a quiet desolated place like the wilderness or a mountain which most likely people will not go?
And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
Once again we can see here that Jesus even before the sun rises has to go in to a solitary(quiet) place to pray. A solitary place where He can pray ALONE. Is He? Of course not. He is praying, getting in touch with the Father. Communicating through prayer is where He gets EVERYTHING. And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. This is what Jesus wants us to follow. He wants us to be alone with Someone and that Someone is our Heavenly Father for us to have EVERYTHING.
To be alone with our Heavenly Father is a MUST. The restoration of our relationship with our Heavenly Father is the thing that the Bible is telling us. This is the very reason why He sent His only son Jesus to be our only WAY the only TRUTH and our LIFE. God wants us to be Alone with (Someone)…. HIM.