Scripture: Luke 5
There is a lot of activity in this passage:
- Crowds pressing in.
- Fishermen washing nets.
- Teaching from the boat.
- Casting fishing nets again.
- Catching fish.
- Calling disciples to “catch men.”
- Healing a man from leprosy.
- Great crowds gathering.
- Teaching in a crowded house.
- Healing a man from paralysis.
- Forgiving sins.
- Eating with tax collectors.
- Telling parables in the presence of the Pharisees.
In the midst of all this activity (and it’s all good activity) there’s verse 16:
He would withdraw to pray. It wasn’t a one time thing. It was a habit of life. This time in prayer, time spent talking to His Father, was a time of refreshment for Jesus. It was a time away from the demands of the crowd to renew His strength. It was His “self-care”.
We all need this kind of self-care. We need this kind of self-care above all kinds of self-care…More than a mani-pedi, more than a good workout, more than an afternoon focusing on “me”. We need time in prayer with our Father.
Make time to pray.
Journal: Write a prayer to God for refreshment of your soul.
Move: 1-3 rounds of this:
Praise the Lord, and keep showing up.