Lent – Day 25 – Disconnect to Get In Touch
“Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.” Mark 1:35
“So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.” Luke 5:16
Observing Lent as a spiritual practice is beneficial in many ways. It provides an opportunity not only for quiet reflection and self-examination but most importantly for tuning out the noise and distractions of our daily life activities in order to hear the voice of God speaking to us.
Jesus clearly understood the need for times of prayer particularly in solitary places away from the crowds, the cries of the needy, the demands of the sick, the hungry and the hurting. No one had greater compassion for the poor than Jesus, and no one felt their hurts and wounds more deeply than He. But He also knew that apart from His source, as a man He could do nothing. So He prayed often, alone in remote places where He could focus and concentrate His attention on hearing from God and Him alone.
How much more do we need to be frequently finding a place and times to disconnect from all the things that occupy and consume our time to take some time to sit quietly and pray to the Father in Jesus’ name and listen to hear His voice speaking to our spirits what is God’s will for us.
We need the wisdom that is from above and it does not come in an occasional, hit and miss, every once in a while, minimally set aside time to say a few quick words of prayer and then hurry back to all the other things that keep us from communing with the Father, with Jesus and the Holy Spirit to get the greatest benefit of life and that more abundantly as we abide in Jesus.
You might be surprised at how life’s issues get resolved more easily and more effectively the more you take time to be alone in prayer and listening to the Lord.