Zechariah 2:10-11“Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, forbehold, I comeand I will dwell in your midst, declares theLord.And many nations shall join themselves to the Lordin that day, and shall be my people.And I will dwell in your midst, and you shall know that theLordof hosts has sent me to you.”
Jesus came to establish His Kingdom. We, as believers, have seen Jesus and we have been impacted by our encounter with Jesus Christ. This calls for exuberant shouting and gladness because of what he has done and continues to do within us. Because of this, we have more reason than anybody to be a people of exuberant praise.
God is in the business of restoring our hearts to such a degree that we can be people who receive grace and forgiveness. Because of God’s great love, we can be people of hope even in the desert places of life. We can be people who are living testimonies of God’s splendor, and we can be people of praise because we know the hope of our Coming Lord.
Matthew 14:13 “Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself.”
Some days are harder than others. There are so many things that can get us down. Long hours at work, difficult relationships, financial difficulties, medical conditions, emotional stress and family responsibilities are just a few of the pressures that can weigh on us.
Jesus knew the human condition. All around Him He witnessed human suffering. He worked to help those that were sick and oppressed. But there came a time where Jesus needed to withdraw from public work and be alone.
There’s nothing wrong with just stopping for a while. After the death of John the Baptist, Jesus took a pause.
What a great example to look at when we just need to take a moment away.
Luke 4:40-44 “Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to him, and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them. And demons also came out of many, crying, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ. And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them, but he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.” And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.”
Jesus rhythmically alternated between the crowds and solitude. In the deserted place his body and spirit, fatigued by the intensities of ministry, were in prayer, restored and equipped to move back into the stream of healing and preaching.
What provision do you make for prayer in your schedule?