“And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.”
One thing that separated Jesus from the average believer is that He knew the importance of getting alone to pray. Most believers find it hard to spend time alone, but it is the alone time in prayer that separates the average believer from the one whom God uses mightily. Several times in the Gospels Jesus went apart to pray. After His time apart is when you see the majority of His miracles. You cannot separate the miracles of God from the times that Jesus went apart to pray.
What does it mean to go apart? The word “apart” means to get alone or to set a distance between yourself and everything else in the world. You will never find the favor of God if you always have to run in the crowd. Psalm 91:1 says, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” You won’t find the shadow of God’s presence on your life by running in the darkness of the world. My friend, coming apart to pray is something that you will have to purposely do if you are going to find the power needed to succeed in the Christian walk. Let me share a few thoughts about the importance of getting alone to pray and how to do it.
First, you will have to purposely get away from people if you are going to come apart to pray. The verse above says that Jesus “sent the multitudes away.” You will never have a good prayer life if you always have to be around people. You will find that those who have the greatest prayer lives are those who have discovered the value of getting away from people to pray. To send the multitudes away was a purposeful act of the Saviour so that He could pray. Likewise, you must purpose to get away from this world and its noise to spend time in the secret place of prayer with God.
Second, you need to have a place where nobody can bother you when you pray. Jesus went up into the mountain to pray, and that is why He found power in His prayer life. I have found in my own personal life that I need a place alone where I can go and pray aloud to God. I know that you can pray in your home, but I believe you need to find that place where you get outside and alone so that you can spend time talking to God about your needs.
Third, spend time with God when business has shut down. Jesus spent time praying in the evenings, and David talks about praying in the early mornings. I have found that the best times to pray is while others are asleep. Early in the morning or late at night is when you will find the sweetest times of prayer. There is something about those early mornings or late night prayers that seem to get God’s attention more than throughout the day. Certainly, God hears your prayer at any time of the day, but there is more of an effort to get with God in those early mornings or late nights that I believe shows God your desire for His intervention.
Fourth, shut down everything to turn on your prayer life. Jesus was “alone” when He prayed, and you must get away from any distraction if you want to have a successful prayer life. Distractions are everywhere; therefore, you are going to have to shut down your digital technology and get alone if your prayer life is going to be what it needs to be. You will never find the shadow of God’s presence on your life if you don’t spend time alone with Him in prayer.