Luke 5:16, "But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed."
We've all experienced this: You're away from the house and you need to make a call or get directions, but your phone is dead. Sometimes we don't think about the battery life until it's too late!
The same can be true of our faith. We get so busy in life — school, work, kids, activities — that we find ourselves running on empty. We are emotionally and physically exhausted, but we're also spiritually drained. Is it because God has left us? Is He no longer at work in our lives? No! God has promised never to leave us. But, we sometimes lose our focus.
Jesus knew the importance of maintaining focus, and He regularly took time away to pray. It was a chance to talk to God without distraction and refocus on the fact that God is trustworthy and fully capable of meeting every need. He gives us wisdom and the strength to obey Him.
Jesus was aware of His need for prayer. Are you? Why not take a moment right now to regain your focus? God is ready to give you what you need. When you remember your Source, it will get you back on course!
We often peruse social media when we have a moment of downtime — thinking it will refuel us. Today, when you start to pull out your phone, let it be a reminder that God is the one who can best refill you and, instead, take a couple of minutes to pray. Thank Him for meeting your needs and refilling you when you are empty.
Jesus, thank You for the example You set for how to withdraw and pray. Please help me to be disciplined and make time for prayer in my life instead of trying to refuel by scrolling on social media. Amen.