Jesus was praying in a deserted place
Our Gospel reading for tonight is Luke 4:38-44, which tells of Jesus having a very busy day and evening. He had been to the synagogue that morning and had cured someone, then he went home with Simon Peter and Andrew and cured Simon's mother-in-law of a fever. When the townspeople found out about that they crowded around the door and "all those who had any who were sick with various kinds of diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on each of them and cured them."
Jesus needed a break. He needed time to pray. "At daybreak he departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowds were looking for him; and when they reached him, they wanted to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to them, "I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose."
Jesus would not let anyone pour him into their mold. Jesus took time to pray. We look to him for our example of taking time to pray early in the morning before the day crowds in on us.
The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek