“…one of His disciples said to Him…”
– Luke 11:1
Luke is known for being the writer who, more than anyone else, pointed out Jesus going off to pray. Some have called the Book of Luke, the book of the “Praying Messiah.” His purpose may have been to show the human side of God incarnate. This would demonstrate Jesus’ reliance upon God the Father. Jesus said, “a servant is not greater than his master.” If Jesus relied upon His heavenly Father, then we must do the same.
In his letter to the Ephesians, the Apostle Paul wrote, “And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him, we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.” He would go on to write, “In Him and through faith in Him, we may enter God’s presence with boldness and confidence.” Luke does not mention which of the disciples, “said to Him.” He did not mention a name because it did not matter! When we are God’s children through faith in Jesus the Messiah, we obtain an all-access pass to the throne room.
Previously everything was done for the disciples. It has been documented that the Rabbis of old composed prayers for their disciples to recite. Not only that, the priests took care of the sacrifices for them, and the scribes expounded on God’s Word in the synagogues. The Lord Jesus changed all of that. He was now teaching how to approach the throne of God to each one individually. No longer would they need to go to another person, they could go directly to God the Father. And, for those of us who know Jesus, we have the privilege of doing the same.
Jesus said to go into our room and shut the door to pray. He said to find a secret place of solitude, and He showed us that we need to do it often. It is during these occasions that we will learn to have our hearts remedied and discern our Father’s voice. When the storms of life come, and we cannot be alone, these times of solitude and simplicity will carry us. A.W. Tozer wrote about this “spiritual aloneness” and called it a “discipline.” It certainly is that! Prayer is a discipline that needs to be practiced more often.
“The need for solitude and quietness was never greater than it is today. Even the majority of Christians are so completely conformed to this present age that they, too, want things the way they are. However, there are some of God’s children who have had enough. They want to relearn the ways of solitude and simplicity and gain the infinite riches of the interior life. They want to discover the blessedness of what has been called ‘spiritual aloneness’ – a discipline that will go far in making us acquainted with God and our own souls!”
– A.W. Tozer