Thursday, August 23, 2018

Knight: withdrawing to pray

Thursday, August 23, 2018
    Commemoration of Rose of Lima, Contemplative, 1617
    But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
    —Luke 5:16 (NIV)
    It was no exceptional thing for Jesus to withdraw Himself “into the wilderness to pray.”
    He was never for one moment of any day out of touch with God... He was speaking and listening to the Father all day long; and yet He, who was in such constant touch with God, felt the need, as well as the joy, of more prolonged and more quiet communion with Him... Most of the reasons that drive us to pray for strength and forgiveness could never have driven Him; and yet He needed prayer.
    ... G. H. Knight (1835-1917), In the Secret of His Presence, Rock Island, Ill.: Augustana Book Concern, 1934, p. 42-43 (see the book)
    See also Luke 5:16; Matt. 6:6; 14:23; Mark 1:35-36; 6:46; Luke 6:12; John 6:15; 10:28
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You bless me in prayer.
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