Here we have Jesus in chapters 4-5 of the Gospel of Luke. He had been baptised, tempted and starting on in his journey of spreading the Good News. I would love to see his itinerary! Driving out evil spirits, healing the sick, more demon casting, getting the "core team" together (calling the disciples… which was a more practical event then how some of us do it now), heals paralytics, leprosy and so on.
In the midst of it all, Luke writes this: "But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed."(5:16)
So Jesus was God incarnate so it would be pretty obvious that you would see all these miracles, right. He was God incarnate, so why did he even need to pray? Out of all the people on the face of the earth, why would the very Son of God need to pray?
Jesus is the example for our lives. We can go through weeks singing lyrics and praying prayers like 'Jesus I want to be like you' but never practically looking at the Word of God and seeing what Jesus did and practically working it into our lives; taking it on as a discipline in our pursuit to be more Christ-like. Jesus prayed to seek the Father, just as we need to pray as a way of accessing the Father and to help us in life.
Bringing this practice into our 21st century lives will change our lives (yes, a big call I know but it's true). We can get so overwhelmed in the midst of deadlines and disasters and those unexpected events that can throw us off course and distract our thinking from "it's all good" to "I can't cope". Don't avoid the lonely place and pray. Use it, seek it and treasure your intimate time with the Father. If Jesus did it, how much more do we need to do it?
"But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed."