Sunday, April 15, 2018

Matthew 14:22-23a NIV 2011

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.

 

Matthew recorded two specific times Jesus prayed, here and in Gethsemane. The first was after Jesus fed the five thousand. The second was just prior to Jesus’ arrest. Matthew 26:36, “Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’” Both of these moments Jesus turned to the Father in prayer but the words spoken were not recorded. Both Mark and Luke recorded more times of prayer. It was important for Jesus to talk with the Father. Prayer renew His strength and gave Him the opportunity to reaffirm His purpose. The life of believers is filled with fervent prayer.

 

When a fork in the road becomes apparent in my journey, it is time for immediate prayer. Unlike Jesus, the reason I’m here is not as momentous. We are all called to share the Good News and do what we can to change lives for Jesus. But there are times when we loose sight of that mission. That is why remaining faithful in prayer keeps us focused on the exact direction He has for each of us. Fervent prayer keeps me Jesus focused.

 

What monumental event needs fervent prayer?

 

Focused on Jesus,

S

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