Luke 5: 12-15
12 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.
Lonely places are needed in life; places where we get grounded once again. Lonely places give room for refocusing and filtering the events of life. Lonely places provide space to draw away from self and closer to the Lord.
Don’t get all crazy on me now, but have you ever wondered if Jesus dealt with ego issues? Masses of people followed Him every where. Jesus performed acts of healing and miraculous signs as had not been seen before. Isn’t there a chance that it could have been a head rush now and then? People in need, people groping for attention, people praising, people begging, people in awe, people celebrating…..unrelenting….constant. Scripture tells us that Jesus knows our every human struggle; so it is not a stretch to think that He needed quiet time to regroup, refocus, get priorities in order.
Not only did Jesus withdraw to a lonely place but He did so to pray. Lonely places without prayer can be dangerous. Lonely places with prayer are transforming.
Bless Your Heart,