Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away. After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.
You must get alone with God!
The Lord Jesus’ own life teaches us this lesson so powerfully today. If we are going to learn to meditate on the things of God, we need to follow Jesus’ example and often get alone with God. Jesus would often slip away to the wilderness, or go up on a mountain. He would find a secluded place to focus on His heavenly Father.
Get away from the internet, from your magazines, from the TV. Turn your phone off, and your mobile too. Do what it takes to truly have time alone with God. He is looking forward to that special time with you, alone together up on His “mountain”.
You may even have to shut yourself in the bathroom to find that secluded space, if you have small children. (You’ll emerge a calmer, happier parent! They’ll wonder what happened…)
You want to be greatly used by God in other people’s lives. But as Leonard Ravenhill put it, “To be much for God, we must be much with God.” He was right. Your inner spiritual life determines your usefulness to God.