As Usual

Luke 22:39 (ESV)

And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him.

Some people have habits and customs which they keep over the years.  Some people love to run no matter what the weather is like; they’ll find a way to get out there to run for awhile.    Other usual customs could be a Saturday brunch or go out for dinner for a family birthday or holiday.  When we look at the life of Jesus, we see that he had his customs as well.  The passage says that he went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives.  There is no doubt that this is the place and location where he had the solitude and time that he can use to focus on his relationship with his heavenly Father.  In Mark 1:35, it says that he went very early in the morning, while it was still dark, and prayed at this desolate place.  It sounds like this is the same desolate location as the Mount of Olives which was his customary place to go.

Jesus was busy during the day, healing, preaching, teaching and comforting other people.  He needed to fill his spiritual tank before he started his day and he had this habit and custom of connecting with God.  If Jesus, the son of God, found it necessary to connect to God on a daily basis, how much more should I ‘try’ to connect with God on a daily basis?  This winter has been the coldest winters in decades and it’s tough for me to go out to pray in a natural setting.  The good news is that spring is just around the corner (Finally!), and we can all take advantage of the natural settings to connect with God.  We can still connect with God indoors too, but for some people, there is a much stronger connection when you are walking among the trees and plants of God’s creation.

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