The apostles returned and reported on what they had done. Jesus took them away, off by themselves, near the town called Bethsaida. Luke 9:10 (MSG)
One time when Jesus was off praying by himself, his disciples nearby…. Luke 9:18a 9 (MSG)
About eight days after saying this, he climbed the mountain to pray…. Luke 9:28a (MSG)
Jesus often used the phrase “he who has ears, let him hear.”
Keep your antennae up.
Earlier this year, I told Wendy that I wanted to be more intentional in spending time together in prayer. As we’ve spent hours in the car between home and the lake, I’ve attempted to prompt us to spend a little of that time praying together.
This past week my daughter Taylor and I were doing a study wrapped around the painting Christ in the House of Mary and Martha by Johannes Vermeer. In the course of our conversation, I once again felt the conviction to be less of a busy-Martha and more Mary-like in spending time with Jesus, sitting and listening and spending time in conversation.
Today, as I read the chapter I couldn’t help notice the recurring theme of Jesus getting away by himself to pray.
I find that lessons from God’s message are sometimes those things which are woven through the text; His callings then weave those lessons through life in a recurring theme. I’ve found that when God promps me, it often comes in whispers as a still-small voice, but we have to quiet our lives enough to hear them (and, if you’re like me, turning your hearing aid on helps, as well).
I hear you, God. I hear you.