Jesus lived on earth as a man and His obedience & prayer life earned him an intimate friendship with His Father. This prayer life, we believed, was a climax for His successful fulfillment of his mission on earth: the salvation of the universe included mankind. This strong, deep & divine friendship with the Father was built onto two (2) concepts:
- continual ( appearing to have no end or interruption ) communion;
- isolated intimacy ( feeling or atmosphere of closeness and openness towards someone else, not necessarily involving sexuality ).
John 8: 16 ” Even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent me. “
John 15: 7 ” If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you. “
The obedience on Jesus part would not have been possible, had he not lived in continual communion with the Father, receiving the Father’s direction for varying circumstances. Therefore as Jesus, we can also traverse the earth in knowledge and confidence that God Almighty walks with us continually without pause. The God of the universe is always with us and wants to continually fellowship with us.We simply have to respond to his overtures ( revelations ) to commune intimately with him in our quality time. ” to whom God pleased to make known what are the riches of his glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. ” Colossians 1: 27.
Matthew 14: 22-23 ” Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boast, and to go ahead of him to the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. After he had sent the multitudes away, he went up to the mountain by himself to pray. When evening had come, he was there alone. “
Once more, Jesus lived on earth as a man. He may needed the refreshing presence of His Father, to gain strength 1 guidance for life and ministry. Whatever the case, Jesus set boundaries that gave him isolated time ( one on one) with the Father. Likewise, we need to set apart boundaries that will give us quality times of solitude with the Father. We can’t live a Christian life in this world without the strength that comes from being in the presence of our God ( to explore the mystery of loneliness ). Nor can we minister effectively without genuine time spent at his feet, garnering ( accumulation ) His instructions & ministerial insight.