“Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer” (Luke 5:16)

 In these times Jesus would talk to His Heavenly Father. 

 The night before He chose the twelve Apostles, Jesus went up to a mountain and prayed to His Father all night.

 Jesus said that whatever His Father told Him to do He did. It was in these times of prayer that Jesus talked to His Father and His Father talked to Him. 

 Jesus drew His strength from His relationship with His Heavenly Father.  

 Prayer is a time when we draw closer to God and He draws closer to us.

 James writes, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8)

 Prayer is the secret place we find, where our relationship with God grows.

 We must never forget that the enemy came to kill, to steal and to destroy and one of his greatest strategies is to put distance between us and God. 

 Whether it’s through the distractions and cares of this world, through difficulties and challenges or through the neglect of daily disciplines, his goal is to put distance between us and God.

 The more important the relationship, the greater his efforts.

 Therefore, not being ignorant of his devices, we should be all the more intentional to do what Jesus did and make time to withdraw to places of solitude for prayer.

 Prayer closes the gap, prayer draws us closer to God and He will draw closer to us.

“Let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need” (Hebrews 5:16)