Yesterday we talked about the events that took place before this verse, Jesus had just experienced a few things; (1) He was grieving the loss of John the Baptist and (2) He performed a miracle when He multiplied the five loaves and two fish to feed five thousand. When we talk about Jesus feeding those five thousand we are blown away by the power to multiply such a small amount of food, but we see that Jesus will supply even our smallest needs, and what seems insufficient in our eyes doesn’t stay that way in the hands of God.
So here we are at verse twenty-three, the multitudes have eaten and been sent on their way and Jesus sent the disciples away on the boat. The verse tells us that Jesus went up on the hillside alone to pray. I have a feeling that with all He had on His mind, having quiet time with His Father was what He needed. You know we are no different, we desperately need time alone with God as often as we can get it. We tend to find ourselves worn down and too busy from life, work and the endless lists of things to do, we need to do just what Jesus did and get alone with the Father. Our hearts and minds need time to seek Him, to draw from Him, to grow in Him, just as Jesus did. If Jesus needed it, then so do we.
Jesus made time with the Father a priority, He knew the value and importance of spending time alone with Him. We will face opposition, we will face difficulty and we will face rough days but where do we draw from if we are not drawing from God. When we are not drawing from God, we are drawing from the world. This past week our Ladies Ministry conducted a survey among some of the women within our church and one question they were asked was “What do you feel hinders you from studying God’s Word?” 46% of the women said ‘time.’ When we don’t make God a priority, time will always be the answer. Jesus could have said ‘I have a busy schedule to keep and lots to do, I don’t have time to be alone with God right now.’ The way we live out our daily lives reflects our priorities.
Do you make time to be alone with God, time to seek Him in His Word and to pray? Our time with God will be like the loaves, it will be multiplied and will nourish us. So let’s take a lesson from Jesus Himself and get alone with The Father.