“After telling everyone good-bye, he went up into the hills by himself to pray” (Mark 6:46 NLT).


After a long day filled with teaching and miraculously feeding the 5,000, Jesus insisted that His disciples go on ahead while He excused the crowds. Jesus wanted some time alone to pray. For the Son did “nothing of Himself” (John 5:19). Everything He did was shown to Him by the Father.
Perhaps more impressive than any miracle Christ performed was His practice of getting by Himself to pray. If prayer sustained the Son, shouldn’t we depend on prayer all the more? Like Peter, we want to join Him walking on the water, but we fail to join Him in praying alone through the night.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, we want to join with You in prayer. We are too dependent on our own efforts and not dependent enough on You. Forgive us our busyness. Like Martha we are distracted by all our preparations, when only one thing is needed. We need more time with You. Teach us to pray and hear from You, Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.