Withdraw To Advance – Good News for January 8

8 01 2010

Luke 5:12-16

It happened that there was a man full of leprosy in one of the towns where Jesus was; and when he saw Jesus, he fell prostrate, pleaded with him, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.”

Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I do will it.  Be made clean.” And the leprosy left him immediately. Then he ordered him not to tell anyone, but “Go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.”

The report about him spread all the more, and great crowds assembled to listen to him and to be cured of their ailments, but he would withdraw to deserted places to pray.

The Daily Path: I have found that finding opportunities to withdraw from the day-to-day madness is vital to my health and well-being. By withdrawal I don’t mean hiding in the garage. Sure, it’s good to have joyful diversions in life, but in this instance I’m referring to setting aside time to talk with God.

Luke tells us of Jesus going off to a deserted place away from the crowds for periods of prayer. We can only imagine how many he cured and, although Christ could do all things in the Father, there are many accounts that seemingly point to the toll it took on Him. He must have been tired in some way. We don’t read of Jesus going off to a soft bed for a two-day siesta. No, he recharges his spirit through prayer with His Father.

It’s my experience that prayer has amazing therapeutic powers. My conversations with God provide peace to a troubled mind and heart. They also boost my energy level, giving strength to move ahead. Long-time readers of GNTG know what a difference prayer has made in my day-to-day and long-term living. Find time to withdraw and talk with God, even if only for a few moments, even if only within your mind. I know that doing so will provide great peace to help you get through the day.

But don’t believe me… give it a shot and see for yourself.

Room to Chat: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever possesses the Son has life; whoever does not possess the Son of God does not have life. (John 5:11-12)

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9 01 2010
daniel tomlinson

I love those who can put the cookies on the lower shelf. Thank you my friend.

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