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The Mountain of Prayer

Are you discouraged? Tired? Angry? Hurt? Where do you turn? There are many vices in this world that people turn to. People may turn to money, alcohol, drugs, T.V. or video games, social media, worldly relationships, sexually compulsive behaviors, etc. Satan has given us an unlimited source of outlets for our maladaptive emotions. Sources, unfortunately, that we all have turned to. When you have turned there, how satisfied was your heart? Were your anxieties relieved? Did your worry cease? You know as well as I do that none of Satan’s schemes truly ever satisfy us. We may experience brief pleasure, but that simply distracts us from the real issue.

An old hymn asks the question, “How long has it been since you knelt by your bed and prayed to the Lord up in heaven?” Maybe you could give the same answer to the question “How long have you been holding a great burden in your heart?” Too often we turn to what the world has to offer before turning our hearts to God. Maybe what we choose isn’t even necessarily sinful, but if it distracts us from going to God first, our attention is improperly diverted.

The Savior of the world, Jesus Christ, God in the flesh even had to take time alone to go to Him in prayer. In John 6, Jesus had a tired mind and heavy heart. He had just fed a group of 5,000 people and knew He needed to be alone to allow His Father to recharge His batteries and lift His burdens. After Jesus had fed the 5,000, in Mark 6:45-46, the text records this: “Immediately He made His disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while He dismissed the crowd. After He said good-bye to them, He went away to the mountain to pray.” It is something so simple, but yet so powerful and profound. If God in the flesh needed to be alone and away from the crowds to be alone with God and pray to Him, how much more should we, weak, fleshly, mortal beings, need to do so?

Again, I will ask. Are you discouraged? Tired? Angry? Hurt? Chances are, Satan has done something in your life to make you feel this way. If he hasn’t, he almost assuredly will soon. In that instance, don’t turn to the empty promises the world offers us. Don’t turn to money, secular work, relationships, entertainment, or sex. Turn to God. When our cup is empty, He will fill it up. All we need to do is find our own mountain of prayer.

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