I was 21 years old and had never heard God’s voice. I’d been in church every Sunday, memorised enormous chunks of Scripture and worked hard to keep the commandments, but I had never heard God speak to me personally. I knew a lot about God, but only in the way one knows the Queen through …Read More
It’s more than just a great time of year It’s time to catch up with family and friends, share a meal together, have a break from work and give gifts to those we love. It’s also a time we are bombarded with marketing, Christmas jingles, Santa and many other seasonal “stuff” – so much so we tend to …Read More
Vision Radio was on the air at Western Australia’s biggest rural event – the Dowerin Field Days. Many of our listeners in the region know that this two day event is ‘smack bang’ in the wheatbelt, and around 156 kilometres north of Perth. It’s a two hour scenic drive from Perth along what is known …Read More
‘He departed to the mountain to pray.’ Mark 6:46 NKJV
Before Jesus walked on the Sea of Galilee, He climbed a mountain to be alone with His Father in prayer. He left the demands of the crowd at sunset, prayed until dawn, then came down the mountain in the power of God’s Spirit and stilled a raging storm. (Wouldn’t you love to know how He prayed that night?)
Prayer is a mountain; you have to climb it. ‘Peter and John went up together…at the hour of prayer.’ (Acts 3:1 NKJV) If you wait until you feel like it, you won’t pray consistently. It’s a discipline. And the more you pray the more you want to pray, and the more rewarding it becomes. But first you must turn your back on the ‘crowd’.
Because Christ knew how to walk away from life’s demands and distractions, He was able to still the storm that threatened His disciples. So before you get caught up in the daily rat race, go to the mountain of prayer. It’s a place of stability in an uncertain world; a place where the view is unobstructed and the frantic pace of life is left behind. There you gain perspective. There Christ reminds you that there’s nothing you’ll face today that He hasn’t already handled, and He’ll give you grace to do the same.
It’s easy to recognise people who’ve been to the mountain of prayer. Their struggles are no different from yours—some are even more challenging. But they’ve an inner peace that transcends family problems, health concerns, budgetary shortfalls, etc. You can endure hard times with grace when you know that the summit is just a prayer away!
SoulFood: 1 Ki 14–15, Luke 12:13–21, Ps 6, Prov 6:16–19
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2017