Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A Cleared Calendar

Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
(Luke 5:16 NIV)

How long has it been since you let God have you?

I mean really have you? How long since you gave him a portion of undiluted, uninterrupted time listening for his voice? Apparently, Jesus did. He made a deliberate effort to spend time with God.

Spend much time reading about the listening life of Jesus and a distinct pattern emerges. He spent regular time with God, praying and listening. Mark says, "Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed" (Mark 1:35 NIV)...

Let me ask the obvious. If Jesus, the Son of God, the sinless Savior of humankind, thought it worthwhile to clear his calendar to pray, wouldn't we be wise to do the same?

Excerpt from Just Like Jesus (Max Lucado)

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I read this devotion out of Grace for the Moment by Max Lucado.
A timely reminder for me as I've been so very tired and busy lately. But not more tired or busy than Jesus must have been when He was ministering on this earth. There's something so refreshing about getting away with God and into His presence. In His presence there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11) and His joy is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). Our strength comes only when we clear our calendar and spend real time with Him ... quality time with the Lover of our soul.

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