Jesus Often Withdrew To Lonely Places And Prayed

I’m really starting to understand this lately. Ever since I became a Christian going for prayer walks has been my main time to get alone with God and pray, but this whole thing about withdrawing to a lonely place is really starting to appeal to me these days. I think that’s because I live in a crowded city with people around me everywhere I go. I can’t just go out and walk and pray without running into someone which kind of interrupts the whole thing.

We have a park nearby and when I purposed recently to start my days in prayer before I begin to do anything else I thought that would be a good place to get away. Apparently, everyone around here likes the park as much as I do! I don’t get very far before I meet dog owners, bikers, power joggers and the like. That doesn’t make for good prayer, and Jesus understood this:

“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” (Luke 5:16)

Many years ago I lived in Clearwater, Fl. and ran into the same problem. Talk about a densely packed place to live! Don’t get me wrong, I loved it there, but there were people everywhere you turned around. People didn’t have cell phones then like they do now so some guy walking down the street talking to himself (me praying) looked pretty strange. I actually got questioned by the cops for praying. “What are you doing walking down the street talking to yourself?”, they wanted to know. I told them, “I’m talking to God, I’m praying. Is there something wrong?” Here’s the thing, when I talk to God I talk out loud just like I would with anyone else who I want to have a conversation with. From what I can tell from the bible, Jesus did the same thing. There’s nothing unusual about this.

But aside from being questioned by the cops, or looking questionable to the people around you, there’s another really good reason to get away from it all and find a place where you can be all alone- we need to have uninterrupted time to talk and listen, to think and reflect, to pour out our hearts and hear what God has to say to us. Being constantly distracted does not help us accomplish having quality time with God.

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” (Mark 1:35)

Basically, you gotta do what gotta do to make sure you get this quality time with your heavenly Father- that’s the lesson we can learn from Jesus. If it meant Jesus getting up and getting away while everyone else was busy sleeping, than so be it. That’s how important it is to find uninterrupted time to be alone with God.