Posted by: bshelley | January 20, 2009

Slip Away to Pray


Today’s Verse: Luke 5:16 But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. NASB

When we look at God’s two eternal purposes for our lives, they are 1. All might be saved (1Tim 2:3-4; 2 Peter 3:9), and once saved, 2. We would mature into Christ’s likeness (Rom 8:29, Eph 5:1-2). Lots of Christians are befuddled to know God’s will for their lives as a result of over-complicating the idea. God can and will bless and use you wherever you make yourself available to Him. The key to living in His will is simply to read the New Testament testimony of how Jesus lived and what He taught and to ever more approximate our lives in His. Christ’s likeness to be salt and light in this life and to be prepared for eternity is what we are to be about. Some of the subtlety of what Jesus did constantly is often too subtle for our radar. We want to have God do the really big stuff in us and through us, yet we miss the key. When was the last time you slipped away to the “wilderness” to pray? Not to hike or bike or sight see, but to spend unbroken time in the Father’s presence in prayer. The verse says that Jesus “would often slip away…and pray” If we wish to grow and mature in our relationship with the Father, this seems to be a key component of Jesus’ practice that we either miss or dismiss in our journey to become His likeness, God’s will for our life. As you make plans for this year, do not forget to make time in the “wilderness” away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and ministry and pray. 

May God bless your heart as you seek His.



  1. What a wonderful reminder. I am glad I stumbled onto your site today – I am certain it was no accident.

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