Jesus went to a solitary place to pray. I picture a solitary place as without interference or disruption, by oneself.
32 And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils.
33 And all the city was gathered together at the door.
34 And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.
35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
The purpose of finding a remote place is an obvious one. The focus was on communing with His Father. No one else interfered with that priority. I don’t know what Jesus prayed but most likely it was for the souls of men.
Jesus had been healing and delivering people from demons. He knew the condition of man.
He goes on to tell Simon and others after they found Him,
38 And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.
39 And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils.
Jesus was unselfish, pouring out His life in full humility. He loved the people. He wanted to give them Bread from heaven so they would never hunger and Living Water to never thirst again. He touched their very lives and those who truly knew Him could not deny that He was God in man. Those times of solitude were the building up and restoration of His Spirit.
Our perspective can get skewed if we choose to watch media, become occupied with too many activities and become influenced by worldly values.
Jesus wasn’t all about Himself, there was no crusade tent, no advertising, not one musician or long introduction with titles boasting His entrance. Nobody broadcasted His coming except John the Baptist telling everyone to repent for the Kingdom is at hand. Jesus was about people and people’s souls. He did not even want the leper to tell anyone about his healing.
What do men do now? They televise it all like showmen in a circus or a magician doing his tricks. The audience loves it all, such great entertainment for the masses.
Jesus heals the leper
40 And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
41 And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.
42 And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.
43 And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away;
44 And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
45 But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter.
Jesus didn’t have to go out seeking the lost, the hurting, the sick…they all came to Him after they saw His miracles. But there were those even in His own home town that would not believe. Think of that after all the years of knowing Jesus, growing up with Him they would not believe. He went to desert places. He was not hanging around the Pharisees to be seen in the market places.
Now we see men in the pulpit parading around so every eye is on them, men gathering thousands for crusades with light shows and Christian rock stars to draw the crowds in. It is pretty sickening. Jesus didn’t do any of that. Many man made temples have become more defiled by masons and other unscrupulous characters.
I think this world has invaded our souls too much. We need to be in a place where we desire to be alone with God. That nothing else matters, no blaring sounds, no talking heads, no media blasts, no tug of wars between nations and political parties.
Noise masks the voice of God while prayer tunes us into God’s Spirit. Prayer strengthens us, renews our faith, restores our hope, and brings praise upon our lips. God fills our hearts with His Holy Spirit and we rejoice in His love.
Isn’t it time to cherish those moments with God where our hearts are still before Him? His word says be still and know that I am God.
Psalm 46:10 (KJV)
10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
He really knows His children well. They tend to let their feet run to and fro and by the end of the day God is left for a few minutes before our head nods off.
Let us spend the time with God, Jesus and His Holy Spirit. Prayer is powerful, it draws us nearer to God, it opens our eyes to His majesty, and it helps us reflect on who He is. Our Spirit cries out to Abba Father who is there for us, for each tear, for each sigh, for each song of praise. Let us come under His wings and find comfort from all that is going on in this world. Seek after His presence, removing all the world’s chatter and find rest for your souls.