Have you ever thought about the private life of Jesus? You know the Jesus that was led into the wilderness. The Jesus who agonized over His impending suffering while in the Garden of Gethsemane. The many times when Jesus withdrew to quiet places to pray – each prayer time a compelling picture of the Son’s intimate connection with His Father.
Mark tells us that while it was still dark, Jesus slipped out of the house and went to a secluded place to meet with His Father. Mark doesn’t tell us what morning this was. But we do know this prayer time followed a full day of healing the sick and casting out demons.
After that kind of day, you would think Jesus might have slept in, at least for an hour or two. But not Jesus. He awakened before the sun peeked over the horizon to be refreshed and renewed for the ministry awaiting Him that day.
Do you ever wonder how long did Jesus pray? What did He pray? Could He audibly hear His Father’s response? Were the angels with Him? And more practically, did His mind wander? I know mine does. Sometimes I find myself praying and my mind travels to my “to do” list. A good friend of mine would call it his “drunken monkeys” when his mind would jump from one thought to another without any connection to the previous thoughts.
I imagine Jesus’ mind did not wander because He knew, in those solitary places, He was sitting in the very presence of His Father. What we forget is that when we pray, we too sit in the very presence of God, our Father. Although our eyes cannot visibly see God, we can picture God drawing near, bending close to hear our every word. God’s Spirit surrounding us. God’s hands lifting our faces heavenward. God’s ears fixed on every cry of our hearts… the praises, the confessions, the anxieties, the fears, the doubts…God hears them all.
Sometimes it’s hard to awaken early. Hard to focus. And most of all, it’s hard to fathom that the God of the universe, who holds all of creation together, has time to hear our little prayers. But not only does God have the time, God calls us to come. Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
So, as the business of fall begins, find a solitary place to pray each morning so that you maybe refreshed and renewed for the facing of your ministry that day.
Grace & Peace, Pastor Bob
Sunday school has started!
Sunday School has started, 9:00-9:45 in person in the children’s Sunday School room, ages Pre-K – Sixth grade in room B5 (Education side – sign on door). Also any Middle/High School students who would like to help and mentor our younger students are invited. Volunteers are needed to fill in for teachers as well. Please contact Robin Stolarcyk or Teddi Black with questions or call the church office (648-4339) for more information.
Adult Sunday School has started at 9 AM, Sundays. Please contact Shirley Prentice if you would like more information. Please join us for learning & fellowship in Room B6 (Adult SS Room).
Unity Circle to is meeting again!
This women’s group will meet at 11:00 a.m. on 2nd Monday of each month in the Disciple Room (B4). All ladies are welcome to attend. For questions please contact Alvaire Michael.