Are you feeling like the outcast or distant from others lately? Wondering what the reason is for why lately you’ve been left out of the loop among friends or acquaintances for gatherings, outings,etc? Are you feeling the need to eliminate some things in your life? Are you feeling a push or pull inside for something more? LISTEN to that still small voice. It’s saying, “I’m separating you to prepare you for greater.” Don’t be offended, or take it personally, if you were left out. Don’t ignore the pull to take advantage of the opportunities that God provides for you to steal away for a while. I’m reminded of one of the times when JESUS must have felt his loneliest–right before he was taken into custody to be tried and crucified. He prayed with heavy grief over what He was about to face. I noticed two specific things that He prayed:
1. That God’s will be done.
2. For the disciples and all those who did and would believe as a result of His ministry and the ministries that would come after Him.
During Jesus’ times of separation, He was strengthened in mind and Spirit to continue with His ministry and to live out His ultimate purpose for coming to this earth. He was ministered to by angels and was able to pray consistently for us–those whom He came to save. What if JESUS hadn’t had those times of strengthening? What if He hadn’t had those quiet times for instruction from, communion with, and prayer to God? What if JESUS hadn’t carried out His PURPOSE for becoming flesh on this earth? If he needed those times, because he had become flesh, how much more do we need these times of separation. God has a divine assignment that you have been PURPOSED for. Don’t be so distracted by the flesh and the things of his world that you fail to get NECESSARY alone time with Him to be strengthened, ministered to, and instructed. Don’t fail to allot time to pray for the ministry that God is preparing you for, along with praying for the believers and future believers that will be served and saved through your ministry.
Luke 22:39-46 “
“Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, ‘Pray that you will not fall into temptation.’ He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed,“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.’ An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow.‘Why are you sleeping?’ he asked them. ‘Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.'”