READ: Luke 6: 12-14


“Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and be healed of their sicknesses.  But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Luke 5:15-16 (NIV)



When one of our grandsons was a child and found that he had ‘goofed up’, he would remark, “Now I’m going to be in big trouble!!”  Seldom were his infractions really serious enough to merit being in ‘big trouble’; but he considered them to be.  Although our individual interpretations of what it means for us to be in ‘big trouble’ when we consider a situation beyond our control, we often feel the urgent need to seek help through prayer.


It is instructive to note the Jesus did just the opposite.  On numerous occasions in addition to our reading for today, we find Him seeking God’s will before He took action.  Maybe if we reversed the order of the timing of our prayers, we wouldn’t find ourselves in ‘big trouble’.