But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. -Luke 5:16 (NIV)
Jesus had places. He withdrew to them. One of His places was the Mount of Olives where He would seek God's help and strength in prayer. Susanna Wesley (John and Charles' mom) sat at the table with an apron over her head. This was a sign to her many children she was in her place, alone with God. My places include any empty room before the kids get up and the church sanctuary (a perk of being a pastor who lives on the church property).
God is invisible, He is not a pressing appointment on our calendars. We need to press Him into our schedule and go to a place where visible things won't distract us from our time alone with Him. What are your places?
1. Pray (Ask God to help you love him with all your heart, mind, strength and soul).
2. Study (Read a part or whole chapter in the gospel, listening to what God is teaching)
3. Share (Tell a friend or small group what God is teaching you, how your walk with Jesus is going. Tell us your places.)
I can plod. I can persevere in any definite pursuit. To this I owe everything.
- William Carey
My name is Tim Kirkes. I am honored to be the a child of my heavenly Father, the husband of Lisa, the father of two boys and the pastor of San Dimas Wesleyan church.