Luke 5: 12-1612 While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
13 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him.
14 Then Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.”
15 Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
As Jesus popularity and reputation began to increase scripture reminds us of how much time Christ spent in solitary prayer. Today's text from Luke reminds me of what I've heard from church mothers telling stories about seeking God through prayer in their prayer closets. Jesus did not have a closet, but often would withdraw from everyone to go off in prayer and communication with God. We also should take time to seek God all by ourselves. Public and corporate prayer are awesome ways to communicate with God, however there are times in our live we need to prepare for the challenges of ministry and service to others. Since we never know when the trials and test will come we must remain spiritually prepared at all times. In order to ensure that we are never spiritually empty we must take time to find a prayer closet or space of our own daily, where we can sit in the presence of God and listen to God's voice of direction for our lives.
Our goal moving forward God is that we make the time and store the energy daily to step away alone for conversations with you, where we both speak and hear. Amen.
Be Well, Love Sirchester