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Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest for a while. (Mark 6:31)

In Matthew and Luke, Jesus' disciples recorded He went to a solitary place to pray. He modeled taking time to be with the Father. Jesus went to the mountains or wilderness for 9-12 hours then. This solitary prayer gave Him re-connection with the Father and rest for the body. Possibly Jesus slept during some of this time to allow His human body to recover and prepare. During these times of solitary prayer, He most often went by Himself, but His disciples knew what He was doing. Twice Jesus took three disciples. He modeled solitary prayer for them.

In Mark 6:30-32, Jesus led the disciples to have a time of solitude. They had been so busy they had had little time to eat. When the disciples returned, they drew near to Jesus. Afterwards He led them to rest. In the Bible, "drawing near" means--continually coming to be with God--speaking to and receiving from Him. The desert place of Mark 6:31 means "lonely place." Jesus' times of solitary prayer were in desert places. Jesus sent the disciples in a boat away from people--to rest.

Jesus taught about solitary prayer in Matthew 6:6, modeled it in Matthew 14:23 and Luke 5:16, 6:12 & 9:28. He commanded them to get away

Jesus was an excellent teacher. We can learn from Him. Do you take time to go commune with the Father and receive rest? Solitariness affects your whole being--body, mind, and spirit.

Jesus, lead us to take time each day to receive revival and rejuvenation from You, the source of our strength.


GAIL SURATT DAVIS

Follower of the Lord for 39.5 years. Missionary, Bible study writer and teacher, ESL teacher. Refugee ministry. I like being a wife and parent, reading, teaching, writing, studying, and singing. I love my family. Author of Miracle of Faith and Foundation of Faith: Bible Studies through Deuteronomy.
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