January 14

Everyone went to his own house. But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. John 7:53-8:1

Jesus went from the Temple, where He taught during the day, to the Mount of Olives, and then back again the next day to the Temple to teach. He went to the Mount of Olives for solitude and rest, and most of all to pray and wait on God. That was His home, and only when prayer becomes our home, our centre, our reference point, the focal point of all we do, only then do we fully enter into what prayer is. We assume that this was easier for Jesus than for us. True, He was the Son of God; true, He was sinless; but He was also tempted in all points like we are. He must have felt weak and sometimes dull, but He waited on His Father. We must press through the dull times and settle our hearts so deeply in His Presence that we stop looking over our shoulder at the pressing demands of life – this must be reversed. We must look steadfastly at the Father and listen to His voice. Jesus’ teaching in the Temple must have brought the Father’s touch to His hearers, and we must learn this pattern for our lives and ministry. We can keep ministering, witnessing, preaching and teaching, but the difference will come when we have learned to go home each night to Father, and wait on Him for fresh bread for each new day.