We live busy lives. There’s no doubt about it. Just take a look at your monthly calendar or weekly schedule, and it will become evident how busy you really are. We go to work, church, take care of the kids, sporting events, church activities, practices, musical lessons, school activities, etc. and that doesn’t even account for the things we have to do around our house each day. We are busy.
I don’t know about you, but there are many nights when I finally finish a long day’s worth of to dos and I just want to crash. I usually do this by either watching television so I don’t have to think much or I might read a book which requires some brain activity on my part. However, as I was doing my Bible reading this morning I came across something Jesus did that might be a good indication of how He spent time at the close of each day.
“Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away. After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone” (Matt. 14:22-23).
Jesus had a pretty emotional and eventful day. He had learned of the death of His friend and family member, John the Baptist; He had healed a large crowd and He fed a group over 5,000 with 5 loaves and 2 fish. That’s a busy day for anyone. And yet, did you notice how He closed out the day? He went up on the mountain alone to pray (v. 23). Jesus wanted to close His day in prayer to the Father.
What a wonderful example for us to follow. In the midst of living such busy lives, let’s make it a practice to spend time at the close of every day alone, in prayer to our heavenly Father. If it was something Jesus practiced, why shouldn’t it be something we practice as well? Who knows, it just might help take some of the chaos out of our busy lives.
What do you do after a busy day? How can spending time in prayer help to take some of the chaos out of our lives? Leave your comments below.