This Sunday our text for study is Luke 5:16:
But [Jesus] would withdraw to desolate places and pray.
But this is certainly not the only time Jesus would purposely find a quiet place, quiet his heart, and commune with his Father. It is a theme that Luke highlights throughout his story (Luke 3:21; 4:42; 5:16; 6:12; 9:18; 9:28,29; 11:1; 22:41; 23:46). One commentator remarks: "[Luke] is eminently the Gospel of prayer." Therefore, we are going to spend a little time looking into the prayer life of Jesus, and what his example means for our communion and walk with the Father.
And let me assure you right now, in case you were wondering, this will not be one of those "you-don't-pray-and-should-feel-bad-and-so-you-should-now-pray-more" sermons. No. My hope is that you will be re-introduced to the joy and privilege of prayer in such a way that you will be attracted anew to give yourself to this most fundamental of practices of the Christian.
Pastor, theologian, and author J.C. Ryle reflects on Luke 5:16 this way:
Few professing Christians strive to imitate Christ in the matter of private devotions. There is plenty of hearing, reading, talking, visiting, teaching. But is there a correct proportion of private prayer? Are believing men and women sufficiently careful to be frequently alone with God? These are humbling and heart-searching questions. But we will find it useful to give them an answer. The most successful workmen in the Lord's vineyard are those who, like their Master, are often and much upon their knees.
Fighting for more time on my knees with you.
See you Sunday.