Thursday 9th September
It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God.
If Jesus felt the need for prayer, how much more do we need to make prayer a huge part of our lives!
Jesus didn't need to confess sin, because He didn't have any sin; He didn't need to grow in His obedience or purity. And yet, operating as a man during His time on earth, He depended on God the Father and the Holy Spirit for His ministry. And He longed for the intimate fellowship He enjoyed with His Father.
When Jesus prayed it was His pattern to always look for a place to be alone. This is so important. Satan makes sure to provide lots of phone calls or knocks on the door during times you have set aside for prayer. Get alone where you won't be disturbed, where you can truly focus on God. If you can get alone enough to pray aloud, that's even better. Praying aloud can help you focus on your conversation with God and maintain that focus and train of thought for longer. And being alone can help you avoid any sense of pride over your time in prayer that might develop if others see you praying.
Today, Jesus invites you to find a time and place where you can get alone with God as often as possible.