Luke 5:16 (NKJV) – “And He withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.”
Matthew 14:23 (NASB) – “And when He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when the evening was come, He was alone.”
Mark 1:35 (NASB) – “In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went to a secluded place, and was praying there.”
Luke 6:12 (KJV) – “And it came to pass in those days that He went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.”
Luke 5:16 (KJV) – “Yet He frequently withdrew to the wilderness to pray.”
As you can see in the above Scriptures, Jesus frequently went away to spend time with the Father. I believe that our Savior set a perfect example for us to follow in order to have a fruitful life and fruitful ministry. He tells us that in John 15:4-5 (NKJV).
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me and I in Him, bears much fruit, for without me you can do nothing."
Our strength, our energy, our vision, our power, the healings, the miracles, the signs, our ability to lead, our fruits …..they all come from abiding in the presence of the Father.
ABIDE means to remain, to continue, to stay, to dwell, to reside, to continue in a particular condition, attitude or relationship, to last.
In order for us to lead our families, our ministries, a small group, or to just lead a fruitful Christian life, we must frequently withdraw away with the Father.
John 5:19 NIV says, “Jesus gave them this answer, ‘Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can do only what He sees His Father doing, because whatever the Father does, the Son also does.”
All things that Jesus did and said came from Him seeing the Father do them first. He made it a point to withdraw away to receive power and strategy from the Father.
I feel and hear the Lord calling for you, the one who is reading this, “Come away with Me.”
Ask yourself - Am I seeking the Lord first? Have I made room for Him….or has He become second place in my life? Is the reason I don’t know the next step because I am not seeing what the Father is not wanting to show me? Am I not hearing Him give me strategy?
The Lord is calling to you, “Will you come away with Me?
Now….what will your answer be?
I pray that your answer will be, “Yes, Lord, I am coming.”
“Because so many people were coming and going, they did not even have a chance to eat! Jesus said to His disciples, ‘Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.” (Mark 6:31-32)
My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with Me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” (Psalms 27:8)