And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. And he withdrew from them about a stone's throw, and knelt down and prayed… Luk 22:39, 41 ESV
Jesus’ spiritual life was punctuated by definite habits. We read that he used to pray early in the morning or that he often retreated to deserted places. We read of his habit to attend synagogue weekly. In these verses we read that it was his custom to pray at the Mount of Olives, in the shade of the trees. Yes, we see him fasting in the desert and worshiping in the temple. We see him as part of the whole Jewish ritual: saying the prayers, keeping the laws, celebrating the feasts. These spiritual disciplines gave structure to his relationship with God! Obviously we cannot pray or fast with the same intensity that the Master did, but we can develop our own habits and spiritual rhythms, shaping and defining our walk with God. If the Master deemed them necessary, how much more should we?
Lord Jesus, my relationship with you needs more structure. Help me to develop a definite spiritual life. Amen.
Bring structure into your spiritual life!
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