Withdrawing to a lonely place to pray can be challenging these days when being busy seems to be a cultural expectation. Work schedules, family responsibilities, social and community engagements, and yes, even church commitments can keep a person busy 24/7. Jesus had a busy schedule, too. In addition to his ministry, Jesus attended social engagements, participated in synagogue, and visited with his family and friends. And yet, in spite of this busy schedule, Jesus understood the importance of withdrawing to lonely places to spend time in prayer with his Father. Not just a few hurried thoughts on the fly to the next event, but intentional time spent in meditation.
Dear God, I pray that I will continue to own my actions and my words. Amen. — DR