“And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God” (Luke 6:12).
Jesus’s time was limited, each moment filled with activities; sleep was precious (Matthew 8:24). The press of the crowd (Luke 19:3), the demands for an audience (John 12:21) and constant challenges (Matthew 22); it is surprising what He accomplished. Still, He had time for prayer.
Instantaneous information in an instant gratification culture has engendered an impatient society. How can we unburden ourselves from the constant press of panicked purpose and restructure our life to include prayer?
We must take time to pray. The speedy “Thanks-for-the-meat-let’s-eat” prayers prior to a meal hardly qualify as a quality prayer-life. We must commit to the time necessary to express and verbalize those things on our heart to a Father with a ready ear. A hurried prayer connotes misplaced priorities.
We must find a place to pray. An often-overlooked factor in Jesus’s prayers is that Jesus found a place suited to His talk with the Father. An atmosphere of solitude, silence, and sobriety contribute to the clarity of mind necessary to coherently and consistently connect with God.
In so many areas of our life, we hustle and bustle from one distraction to another, forgetting the things that are really important. Talking with God seems to fall by the wayside. It is not until tragedy strikes or danger is eminent that we find our connection with Deity, and then it is a panicked series of requests (sometimes demands) with very little gratitude and even less praise. This week, take some time off, find a secluded knoll or corner, close out the world, and present yourself humbly before the Father in quiet meditation and prayer. Some of the best moments of your short life will be prayer-time.