Lonely places

“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”

(Luke 5.16)

…or at least this was his practice in the beginning.

But eventually the weight of leadership and ministry took their toll. He had every intention to pray regularly, yet so many other things got in the way.

Not least, he was concerned that people would think he wasn’t working hard enough. And they might compare him to other Rabbis that always seemed to get more done. So, little by little the wilderness wandering dwindled until it was limited to an annual retreat to the desert.

Thankfully this is not true. Jesus prioritised a vibrant spiritual life, in close relationship with his Father. He was not distracted as so many pastors can be.