Many people ask how they can get direction and insight from God. The fact is that God always wants to speak to us; we just need to be in the position of hearing Him. As we continue in Mark’s Gospel, we’ll see how Jesus heard from the Father.
Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.
As I read the Gospels, I find that Jesus loved the mountains. He went there often to seek solitude and to pray. I don’t think that the disciples ever realized the importance of this part of the Lord’s ministry until after the resurrection.
There were many times where the best thing for Him to do was to dismiss the crowds and to send away His disciples in order to be alone with the Father. This was one of those times. He had just ministered to thousands of people. That can be very draining no matter who you are.
When the Lord took on flesh and blood, He chose to live as one of us. Because of this, Jesus was bound by the same physical limitations that we are. He learned that you can’t just keep giving out to others. You must also take something in that can recharge your own spiritual batteries.
It was in these mountains of prayer that Jesus was able to renew His Spirit. He would seek the Father’s face and by the Spirit, hear the plan for the road ahead. In that way, He could fulfill the work He was called to do without burning Himself out doing it.
How do I know that the Lord would hear from God in this way? Scripture makes it clear.
When evening came, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them.
I think that we miss the importance of this verse sometimes. This was a direct communication between the Lord and the Father.
It had gotten dark. The disciples were a couple of miles away, in a storm, and it was night time. Yet the Bible clearly says that Jesus saw the disciples straining at the oars. If it were daylight, He might have seen a tiny dot out on the lake.
This was obviously something shown to Him in the Spirit. That’s what happens in the place of solitude and prayer in the spirit.
What most people don’t understand about this is that being alone in the presence of God is the mountain of clarity in the spirit. As a matter of fact, if you read through Scripture, the defining characteristic of mountaintop experiences is clarity of vision.
Jesus had to climb to get there. It involved work. It’s the same for us. It’s not easy setting aside a regular time to seek the Father. But the rewards are a clear view of the Lord’s plan for our lives.
That needs to be a lesson for us. If Jesus needed this time with the Father, how much more should we be seeking the presence of the Lord in our daily lives? Take the time necessary today to renew and refresh yourself in the presence of the Lord. You’ll be glad you did.
Question: What’s the last thing God showed you when you spent time in His presence?
© 2018 Nick Zaccardi