A Night of Prayer
Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
It had been a very long day of ministry. Everyone was tired, yet it was a good kind of tired. The crowds of people, once hungry, were now well fed, both physically and spiritually. Now, Jesus, we are told, makes his closest followers get in the boat and begin the trip to the “other side of the lake”. He will dismiss the crowds, he told them, and catch up with them, later. They put up a bit of an argument, but did as they were told.
After the crowds had been dismissed, Jesus did not set out immediately to catch up with his friends. Instead, he did what he often did. He went up onto the mountain and prayed. We do not know the content of his prayer. But, we do know the circumstances of his life. Feeding the crowds was a crucial event in his ministry. In John’s Gospel, it is reported the crowd “… intended to come and make him king….” (Jn. 6:15)
Jesus got away to pray, because he needed to reconnect with his mission, to keep heading in the right direction. He spent time in prayer, making sure he did not get caught up in the moment and lose his way!
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