Jesus left the upper room with his disciples and, as was his habit, went to the Mount of Olives, his place of secret prayer.
- Luke 22:39
Where or what is your secret place of prayer? Is it a closet? Your bedroom? A bathroom? Your backyard? The gym?
Like Jesus, is your secret prayer place also the top of a mountain?
Whatever it is, notice how in this verse it does not say Jesus made a habit of climbing the mountain because He loved climbing mountains.
Jesus made it a habit to climb the Mount of Olives because He wanted to seek His Heavenly Father. Do you have this same habit as Jesus?
The push and pull of life can often cause us to forget that we have the privilege to commune and pursue a personal relationship with the King of Kings.
When we look at the life of Jesus, we can see how He understood the value and importance of making it a habit to meet with His Father.
The truth is, we need God more than we need oxygen. He is our lifeline. Even if early mornings with the Lord aren’t suitable for you, other times of the day work too.
There is no religious formula on when we should spend time with the Lord. What matters is that at some point during our day, we each intentionally carve out that time and 100% dedicate it to Him.
No distractions, no social obligations, nothing but you and God.
Quiet time and private places are a must-have in any kind of intimate relationship. In the same way, your relationship with God is no different.
Today, make it a point to seek out your Heavenly Father in a secret place of prayer. The more you make it a habit, the less it will feel like a sacrifice and the less your flesh will resist. Before you know it, you will form a holy addiction to your time with the Lord. Your heart will burn for His nearness, as His presence transforms you!