THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER
Part 35: Prayer & Messages of Solitude: Why Did Jesus Pray Alone? (Matthew 14: 23)
In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Editors Note: I heard the birds and the gentle movement and sound of the leaves as they fell to God’s green ground. The Wind whistled silent songs in the trees. The sky stood still but it also moved. The sun sent light high and low. I felt good as I embraced self. Where did the darkness go? Was it always with us or just in other time zones and spaces as the Light pierced the air and darkness mysteriously went.
The Genesis Book told the beginning story as it unraveled E=mc² and also told the story of T=ss². Here is the source, origin and time of Darkness before Light. Meanwhile there are no selfish motives as self is loved as I relish the silent space that surrounds me and all that I see. This is solitude and I come also to pray.
Peace be unto you. To the Church (the Church of Christ Jesus the Prophets and Apostles) and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible (the Spirit of God) as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway.
We bear witness that one must have the peace and quiet of solitude to pray. This is by choice as we often come to pray in a crowd and among the lost. But we long for the clean and serene peace of solitude as we call out a prayer to our Lord.
“There was once a man who was consumed in the Spirit. He wrestled in love with it daily. As he sojourned in the trees among the birds the bees and the animals of the field looking upon a lake or stream he felt good. His peace never saw a threat from the birds that gently flew by. Nor was his tranquil paradise broken by the presence of the turtles on a fallen log in yonder creek. Was he accepted by these creatures? No trees spoke against him as he had done nothing. However man the human being as small as a blade of grass could appear behind a rock or tree and cause the serenity of things thought in the Spirit to come up empty.”
Follow us now to some prominent scripture that most Bible reads are familiar with or have heard preached and talked about. At Matthew 14 verses 22-33 we see where Jesus walks on water. You will also find most of this scripture at two other places in the Gospels also. Mark 6: 45-52 and John 6: 16-21. However our interest here is the verse or verses where Jesus seeks to pray alone. He also seeks prayer with the Brethren but in a serene place.
Matthew 14: 23: “And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray; and when the evening was come, he was there alone.”
So before he joined his disciples Jesus sought a place to pray. What was/is the significance of the mountain as a place to pray? Also was the evening a better time to pray than mid-day? What about the power of the Morning Prayer? But he was there alone. What does this mean? Is there something unique about prayer when you are alone in the Spirit? Is prayer an essential element as is food? John’s food helps him and my food only helps me? Prayer motivates those that petition God and gives them hope. When we see and feel an answered prayer is this not transferred to the Brethren in some sense by a testimony, preaching or teaching?
We will now note several cross references that we previously noted. The first comes from Mark 6: 46 also see verse 46-56.
Mark 6: 46: “And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.”
Again we see the mention in scripture of Jesus praying and a mountain was his choice of a place to pray. Will we go to a mountain retreat to pray? Will the brethren seek the solitude and serenity and peace of prayer? Will God hear a prayer called out in peace?
At the 6th Division of John we see Jesus feeding the five thousand in verses 1-15. Meanwhile verses 16-21 reveal Jesus walking on water and similar scripture that we noted in our primary verse taken from Matthew 14:23. However once again we note our interest here is the scripture whereby Jesus seeks to pray alone. Thus our primary verse is verse 15.
John 6: 15: “When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.”
Not to depart from the circumstances our interest here is that Jesus went into a mountain to pray alone. What was it about prayer alone and just among the elements of the field?
Now follow us to another prominent scripture passage. At Luke 9: 28-36 we see Jesus transfigured on the mountain. However our primary interest is the solitude in which Jesus prayed.
Luke 9: 28: “And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.”
After so many days meaning the last time he had conversations with his disciples Jesus went to pray. Peter, John and James were special with Jesus. We see them noted as a trio several times (Mark 5: 37 and 14: 33). Here we see them selected to be witnesses to the miraculous events that were yet to unfold. But once again Jesus seeks out a prayer place in the mountains. Where is your prayer place, where is your mountain? Do you have trusted saints that you can take with you in the hour prayer?
Peace and Paradise,
Dr. Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press 30 October 2009 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
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