Re:Verse passage – Matthew 14:22-33 (day five) 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.
Jesus must have been exhausted. News of John’s death, quickly followed by crowds of people pressing around Him- nonstop healing and interaction. Then, the miracle of the fish and loaves. Jesus meets their needs yet again. Finally, time to process and work through grief. Finally time to unwind from the intensity of the day. Jesus has to be physically and emotionally spent. So He retreats by Himself. Not to just relax and unwind, but to engage and interact with His Father (pray). If we pay attention to the rhythms of Jesus’ life, we can learn what He believed- His priorities- His “non- negotiables”. He believed that God’s Word was true. He believed that gathered worship was important. He believed that prayer was invaluable for direction, encouragement, peace, and wisdom.
What do the rhythms of our lives reveal about our faith, priorities, and “non- negotiables”?