A Daily Word from the Word for Thursday, January 31, 2013
“And when He [Jesus] had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray.” – Mark 6:46
Do you depart to pray, my brother? Where is the mountain you go to, my sister? Jesus gives us powerful instruction and direction in this verse. The first act that Jesus did was to “send them away.” The Greek word for both “sent” and “away” is the same word and meaning apotassomai (pr. ap-ot-as-some-ahee), which is “literally say ‘adieu’, to renounce, forsake, take leave, send away” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). ‘Adieu’ is a French word and means “farewell.” Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “forsake” as “to turn away from entirely; and further defines “renounce” as “to refuse to follow or recognize any further, to refuse to follow suit in a card game.”
Are you catching the power of prayer, brethren? If Jesus Himself, the King of kings and the Lord of lords prayed; then how much more critical to us, for us, and for our very well-being and the well-being of our loved ones, that we also pray? How often did Jesus pray? The Word tells us “when,” which comes from the Greek hothan (pr. hot-an) and means “whenever.”
We should pray all the time, whenever. Prayer should become as much a way of life for us, as it was for the Way, the Truth, and the Life Himself (John 14:16). When Jesus sent people away, He wasn’t rebuking them; but rather “taking leave.” Most of the time and as in this case, Jesus rebuked and renounced things, not people. The Savior took authority over situations and circumstances because He loved people and wanted to set them free. He needed to get away from the masses, the world, so that He could commune with His Father.
The Farflex dictionary tells us that to “take” is to “possess.” We must take authority over our time, so that we can possess the good things of the Father. We must go away, so that we can get away, and get what we need from the One Who created us and knows us best, and most intimately.
Matthew 11:12 testifies that “from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” In order for us to be victorious in every area of our lives, we must take control of our prayer life; we must possess the power of prayer, so that we can take heaven by touching it through our point of contact, which is prayer.
Jesus did not follow the suit of the world, as the definition of “forsake” reads a few paragraphs above. Jesus did not forsake people, but He did forsake the ways of the world, which we are also to do. Because Jesus forsook worldly ways, he did not follow suit; and because He did not follow suit, He didn’t fall like a house of cards.
Are you getting in line, following suit, with the world’s deck of cards, family? If you are, know that the world has stacked its deck against you, and has created the illusion that you are winning. Don’t get caught up in the world’s game, because the house wins every time. Instead, fall out of line with the world’s crooked paths; and fall in line with the One who has promised to make your crooked paths straight (Isaiah 45:2). Where do you start? I am glad you asked. You start on your knees, positioning yourself on the point of prayer.
Join me here tomorrow, at our most amazing meeting place—the place where humanity meets Divinity, to conclude this marvelous revelation.
Father, thank You for Your gift of prayer. Thank you that we now have free and unfettered access to You through your perfect Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Most Holy God, put in us the desire to pray, and give us the mindset to make prayer our way of life. Quicken our spirits, to grab hold, and to take possession of prayer. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we are mighty men and women, powerful sons and daughters of prayer. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to make prayer a way of life. Choose to commune with your Father first thing in the morning, throughout the day, and as the last act you do before you go to sleep. And continue to fight the good fight of refusing to fall in line with the world’s ways, by taking possession of your prayer life; for God, your Prayer Partner, has already given you the victory!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.
All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.