The Lonely Place

I’ve been thinking about how Jesus prayed lately, and I think I’ve been doing it wrong for a while now.

There are a lot of times the Bible talks about Jesus going off to be alone while He prayed (Mark 1:35, Matthew 14:23, Luke 5:16, Luke 6:12). It seems to simple, but technology has sort of complicated things.

There are people who experience actual anxiety if they don’t have their smartphone nearby, and there are people who can’t go 1 hour without checking or posting on their social media accounts. I’m neither of those people, but I do have a smart phone, and it is definitely a distraction more often than not.

And when it comes to my prayer life, it is a huge distraction.

Back to how Jesus prayed. He withdrew to lonely places. He was alone. He would even climb up mountains so He could achieve the desired level of aloneness.

Technology doesn’t inhibit us from physically being alone, but can we actually get to a lonely place if we have access to thousands of websites, people, games, etc inches away from our fingertips?

Can we separate ourselves from the world and give all of our focus to the Lord with a device that brings the world to us in our pocket?

The more I think about it, the more I think the answer is no.

For super disciplined people, the answer might be yes, but for me, and I would bet a lot of other people, the answer is no.

We can’t get alone enough if we aren’t willing to leave our phones, tablets, and computers behind.

I’ve used the Bible app on my phone before. It’s really convenient because I don’t have to worry about leaving my Bible at church anymore, but when I’m reading for myself at home it’s really hard to ignore all of the other apps.

So, I’m going to try something new. I am going to practice truly withdrawing to a lonely place. I’m going to leave my phone behind and see the difference it makes. I think my prayer life is going to flourish, and I’m really excited for that.


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