Reading: Luke 5: 16
Reflection: “Jesus Himself often (emphasis added) withdrew into the wilderness to pray.” What a lesson we can learn from Jesus, who should be the model for our lives. Our Savior was a man of prayer which is evident in all the gospels, but particularly Luke. Luke portrays Christ as the “Son of Man” and has more to say about His prayer life than any other gospel writer. Before Jesus chose the disciples, He prayed. He prayed the night of His arrest and He prayed from the cross. Jesus constantly was in prayer to the Heavenly Father.
We, too, should be in constant contact with God. Unlike today’s cell phones which sometimes lose coverage, God is always there for us. We should turn to Him with our joys and sorrows. We should thank Him for the good He does for us each day. When we are in need, we can turn to Him and make our requests known. There is such power in prayer.
Prayer is very important. You may not know it, but there are many people who are praying for you. They are praying that God will guide you and give you strength. They are supporting you through their ceaseless petitions to God.
If you read just before this passage, you will notice that Jesus has just healed a leper. We need to have Jesus heal us when we are feeling broken. This can be done through encountering Christ in prayer. We need to take time from our busy summer and withdrawal into the wilderness to meet Him, spending some time talking to the one who was sent by God to save us. When we return, we can feel whole, healed by the power of prayer.
--Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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