Now when it was day, He departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowd sought Him and came to Him, and tried to keep Him from leaving them;
Luke 4:42 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Luke 4:42 (NIV) — At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them.
Luke 4:42 (MSG) — He left the next day for open country. But the crowds went looking and, when they found him, clung to him so he couldn’t go on.
Luke 4:42 (AMP) — And when daybreak came, He left [Peter’s house] and went into an isolated [desert] place. And the people looked for Him until they came up to Him and tried to prevent Him from leaving them.
Our Lord Jesus Christ continually sought time to spend in intimacy with the Father. He sought every opportunity to be alone and have some intimate moments in prayer. Only he and his Father! For Jesus there was no thing or activity that could potentially replace his time in the secret place. He continually went away from the crowds to seek the will of his Father. He did not let the busyness of life and his task distract him from having valuable time in prayer. His agenda was managed by his Father, everything Jesus did was under the direction of His Father. He lived to do His will!
What a challenge, for us to follow the footsteps of our master. If Jesus continually needed the Father’s direction, how much more do we! We with more reason we need to seek every opportunity to spend intimate time with the Lord. Therefore, nothing can replace our intimacy with the Lord. We should pray every morning and seek the will of He that keeps us with the breath of life. Never forget that prayer has no substitutes! Anything that leads us to put prayer aside, will sabotage and eventually lead us to failure.
Today, we should ask the Lord to give us a hunger and a desire for His presence. May we declare what Isaiah 26:9 says, “With my soul I have desired You in the night, Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early; For when Your judgments are in the earth, The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.” Let us pray that every time we have an opportunity in our day , we not waste it on things that will never fill the void of our being! Things that may not be bad in themselves, but at the end of the day do not build our spiritual life. Activities that at the end of the day, will leave us with a deep emptiness, that only the Lord can fill.
Isaiah 26:9 (NKJV) — With my soul I have desired You in the night, Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early; For when Your judgments are in the earth, The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
Psalms 63:6 (NKJV) — When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches.
O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.
Luke 6:12 (NKJV) — Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.