Abide…and then abide some more!

abide

“So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.”

-Luke 5:16

Happpppy Friday! I hope it’s warmer where you are than where I am. Starting to wonder if summer really is around the corner…

Ok, on to more serious stuff now. 🙂

Last week, we stayed at a family’s house while our parents were out of town for a few days and had the cool opportunity to do family devotions with them. Our family usually has them every night, but I always like seeing how different families do devotions differently.

One of the nights we were talking about ways that we get to know God better. Prayer was a way that came up in the discussion, and it was really cool because it tied in with a verse I read recently in my Bible time. Luke 5:16 talks about how Jesus sought time to pray with the Father, and I found some more instances where Jesus spent time alone with God the Father.

“Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there. -Matthew 26:36

“And it happened, as He was alone praying, that His disciples joined Him, and He asked them, saying, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” -Luke 9:18

“Now it came to pass, about eight days after these sayings, that He took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray. -Luke 9:28

These are just a few of the times in the New Testament where Jesus went alone to pray. He sought time alone with God. If Jesus did this, how much more should we! When we spend time with God, we are abiding with Him, and He has commanded us to do this! Look at John 15:4:Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

Abide. Spend time with Christ. Seek time with Him. The more you’re with a friend, the more influence that friend has over you. But you have to seek that time yourself.

Be intentional about talking with Him. It’s a choice.

In Christ,

Christopher