While it was still night, way before dawn, He got up and went out to a secluded spot and prayed. Simon and those with Him went looking for Him. They found Him and said, “Everybody’s looking for you…” (Mark 1:35-37 MSG)
“Jesus went off with his disciples to the sea to get away. But a huge crowd from Galilee trailed after them….” (Mark 3:7 MSG)
Here’s a thought I never had before….Several times the Word of God tells us that Jesus would attempt to “get away” from the crowds. Usually, it was to get alone with His Father. And yet, the more He “got away” the bigger the crowds! They would always seek Him out and find Him eventually. In today’s society we do the exact opposite. Most preachers, pastors, church leaders, and even believers attempt to “get a crowd” instead of attempting to “get away.” Consequently, it never works. While we focus on “getting crowds” we end up “getting away” from time with our Heavenly Father. Then, Jesus ends up “looking for us.” Like I said, the exact opposite.
I pray that ALL OF US will get away with Jesus and let HIM draw the crowds. Get away to gather a crowd, what a great idea. Hmmm, in today’s language I will say it like this, “If we SEEK Him, THEY will come!” Jesus said it like this, “And I, as I am lifted up from the earth, will attract everyone to me and gather them around me.” (John 12:32 MSG) Let’s all get away often and reach the masses HE attracts.
PS – I received this prayer request from a friend about her little 4 year old relative, Charlie. Charlie has a soda can size mass near the kidney area which is surrounding two major blood supplies to the body near the spine causing a high risk situation of a surgical removal. The mass is called a neuroblastoma and is often malignant and usually treated immediately with chemo to reduce the size to a point at which it is can hopefully be safely removed. Charlie went into surgery this morning for biopsies on his bone marrow and the tumor which is where he is currently. We should know more information to confirm the mass type, stage, treatment, timing, etc. once the biopsy results have been assessed. Thanks for praying for little Charlie! Remember, nothing is impossible with God! (Luke 1:37)
Pastor Kevin Kinchen
OK, not trying to draw my own crowd, but just letting you know……