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A Solitary Place to Pray by Pastor Jee

posted Feb 21, 2015, 10:45 AM by Bowmansville UMC

One of the prominent characteristics of people today is that they are busy.  Business could be a very good excuse for anything:  “I am too busy to sleep enough,”  “I am too busy to eat well,”  “I am too busy to spend time with my family,” etc.  Notice that they are missing all the good things because they are busy. 

Jesus was very busy too.  He cured the sick and cast out the evil spirit by the power of his word.   People brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed from the whole town.  He must have been really exhausted to take care of those people.   However, he did not forget to do important things. Amidst of all the hectic circumstances, Jesus woke up very early in the morning , left the house, and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. (Mark 1:35)  As things got busier or tougher he always went to a solitary place to pray. (Mark 14:34-42, 6:46)

Martin Luther usually prayed for two hours, but if he had much more to do then he spent three hours in pray, or otherwise he said he would be defeated by devil.  Bill Hybels wrote a book called “Too Busy Not to Pray.”  The title alone is very challenging, but yet refreshing.  We usually say “I am too busy to pray.”  “I am too busy to worship.”  Maybe we have to think differently.  We pray because we are too busy.  We worship because we are too busy, or otherwise our life would be dragged by devil.

Jesus set up a good sample for us.  First, one of the best times for prayer is in the morning.  Why?  It is because that is the beginning of your day.  The best way to prepare your day is to pray.  If you think your day would be too busy, then try to spend more time in prayer.

           You may be surprised to see how powerful it is.  “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youth grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:29-31)

Second, find a solitary place to pray.  You may have a place to eat, a place to sleep, or a place to drink.  Do you have a place to pray?  It is just a place where you can be alone with God, where you can go deep down in your heart where God touches you.   It could be some place at your home, at your office, or at your church, where you can be just you before God.

Think about it.  Which one is your choice?  Would you say “I am too busy to pray” or “I am too busy not to pray”?  Would you say “I am too busy to worship” or “I am busy not to worship”?  I hope your choice is the latter.  Do it.  You won’t regret it.  Teach your children to do it.  You won’t regret it.  Amen.