In the morning, long before dawn, he got up and left the house, and went off to a lonely place and prayed there.
The sentence reads like a deep breath. I thought about this verse yesterday while Christmas shopping with my mother-in-law. I wondered about what would happen if I stood up on a bench and shouted, “Who needs a little peace and quiet? Let’s see a show of hands.” We fill our lives with action and then we suffer because we lack a lonely place to act from.
Jesus was healing crowds of people, casting out demons, traveling and preaching everywhere to everyone. In the midst of all this action Jesus began and ended his days in lonely places for solitude, stillness and silence. Often he would spend the entire night gathering strength from the deep well of time with the Father without
In the lonely place Jesus finds the courage to follow God’s will and not his own; to speak God’s words and not his own; to do God’s work and not His own. Henri Nouwen
I can do nothing by myself…my aim is to do not my own will, but the will of him who sent me. John 5:30
The words I say to you I do not speak as from myself: it is the father, living in me, who is doing this work. John 14:10
We need a lonely place in our lives. How can we get it?