“And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.” Mark 6:46
I haven’t flown on an airplane in decades, but if there is one thing I know about flying it’s that you don’t want to miss your departure time. The same goes for your departure time for trains, buses, school buses, carpools, and car rides. Don’t miss your departure time. If you miss your departure time, you won’t make it to your vacation spot, your business meeting, your conference, seminar, appointment, award ceremony, reunion, wedding, you name it, you don’t want to miss your departure time, right? Isn’t it something how we will go to such exceeding lengths not to miss our departure time to get to where we want to go? We wouldn’t for the lives of us want to miss something we have deemed vitally important, would we? So let me ask you a question.
How important is the Lord in terms of the priorities in your life, and are you going to exceeding lengths not to miss your departure time to sit at His feet, praise and worship Him, pour out your heart to Him, seek His face, pray, study His Word, and listen for His voice? Jesus Christ departed to pray to God. The Greek word translated into pray includes in its definition both pray and worship. Jesus stepped away from everything and everyone to spend time with God. Nobody on this earth has ever had higher priorities and more important things to do in His everyday life than Jesus, yet He did not miss His departure time to spend time with God. If there is one thing I’ve noticed time after time when I talk to people, it’s that when their schedules are jam packed with priorities, the first thing to go or to be cut back is alone time with the Lord and His Word.
What lengths are you willing to not to miss your departure time to sit at the feet of Jesus and spend time with the Lord?