“Christians Retreat” by Kirk Hunt
But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities. And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.
Luke 5:15-16 KJV
Crowds and attention. Notoriety and buzz. Jesus’ ministry had achieved “rock star” status.
The conventional wisdom says to lean in when the crowds are thick. A modern day manager would advise Jesus to take it all in, while the taking is easy. Jesus, had a different response.
Fully God, but fully human, Jesus needed time alone. Well, not completely alone. Jesus needed time alone with God.
Jesus retreated from the crowds and spent time alone with God. To rest. To recharge. To regain clarity and Godly direction.
Despite being at the top of His fame and fortune, Jesus pulled back. He retreated to spend time with His real power source. Jesus spent time alone with God.
Perhaps you’re having a season of impact and notoriety. I’m always happy to hear that someone is exercising their blessing to bless others. Still, there’s a time and season to retreat.
There’s a place and space to reconnect with God. No matter what’s going well right now, you need to stop and spend time alone. Alone to pray.
Think: I need time alone with God
Pray: “Lord, help me to make time to be alone with You.”
Copyright © April 2009, Kirk Hunt