After Jesus saw the crowds he went up the mountain and when he sat down His disciples came to Him and he taught them. Jesus stops to pray, and then he sits down to teach.
Jesus taught in synagogues, travelled the countryside and healed many. The crowds followed him, everywhere. When he saw the crowd Jesus needed to be alone to pray.
In The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, I read that they each pray for several hours before they start their days. Both claim they would be unable to do the work they do without the benefit of prayer. Prayer quiets their minds and renews their souls.
We too need to separate ourselves from life’s busyness, and take time to pray.
We need to be grounded in prayer to do what God is calling us to do. The busier we get the more we need our prayer time.
This Lent, can we commit to increasing our prayer time!
The Reverend Deacon Jean Ruttan, St. Andrew’s Grimsby.