The Priority of Prayer

7th MAY, 2021

Christ for Youth International

“So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.” [‭‭Luke‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭NKJV‬‬]

We must learn to spend time alone with God in prayer if we are going to walk with Him intimately. In the preceding verses, the multitude had heard about the many great things that Jesus had done, and so continually followed Him. He must have been a very busy person with all these people coming to Him with all their needs. It is said that, they came to hear Him and also be healed of their infirmities.

Although Jesus was busy with ministry, His time of solitude was still of priority for Him. We must learn to make time to be alone with the Lord no matter how busy we become, even in ministry. God is the source of ministry. We must learn to stay connected to Him in prayer as we serve Him and His people. We must continually stay connected to our Source through times of solitude or else we would become weary with time. We must not get so busy that we do not make time to spend with the One who has called us.

The Lord enjoys us and desires to have fellowship with us. We are changed through prayer. The more we spend time with the Lord alone, the more we know His heart and desire to become more and more like Him. We would know Him to the degree that we spend time with Him alone in prayer. Let us remember that, God called us to be with Him first so He can send us (Mark 3:14).

We must learn to prioritize our personal time of prayer. If prayer is not our priority, we would end up substituting prayer with other activities. Prayer must be top of our “to-do” list. Everything seems to want to get our attention as we go through the day. In a busy world, we can easily become so consumed with all that is happening around us that prayer is taken out of our schedules. You would not get time to pray, you must make time to pray. We must learn to often withdraw ourselves from the “busyness of this life,” so we can be alone with the One who matters most.

Heavenly Father, it is assuring to know how much You cherish my fellowship with You. I ask for grace to make intentional and actionable decisions to make and spend quality time with You in prayer. This I ask in Jesus’ name, Amen!

Further Reading: Mark 1:35–36

Bible In One Year: Job [1–4]




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