Epistles to the Cyberchurch - Su Min

From: Su Min
Subject: Prayer

4th Nov 1996




The text for today is Matthew_14:22-23. Read ye, and let The Word feed you.


Jesus had just finished feeding the multitude (about five thousand men, besides women and children) in a miraculous event, with just five loaves and two fish. He was at a lonely site on the "far" coast of Galilee, on the eastern shore of the lake, but the remoteness did not prevent a huge crowd of people following Him on foot.


As we read the text, focus on the three groups of people in this text: Jesus, the disciples, the crowds.

Immediately, JESUS made the DISCIPLES get into the boat and go on ahead of HIM to the other side, while HE dismissed THE CROWDS. After HE had dismissed them, HE went up into the hills by

HIMSELF to pray. When evening came, HE was there alone, but the boat (and DISCIPLES) was already a

considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves, because the wind was against it.


Focus on the action words as you read the text. Have a vision of the action in your mind's eye, and have a replay of the events as they occur: IMMEDIATELY Jesus MADE the disciples GET INTO the boat and

GO on ahead of Him to the other side, while He DISMISSED the crowd... After He had dismissed them,

He WENT UP into the hills by Himself to PRAY. When evening came, he was there ALONE, but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves, because the wind was against it.


Jesus had ministered to the crowd. Jesus had taught his disciples. This was the horizontal component of his relationship: communicating with fellow man. Loving His neighbour as He loved Himself, fulfilling the second commandment.

But Jesus had another love, a greater love, the love for God. The vertical component of His relationship was important enough for Him to make time for prayer and communion with God. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

So immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowd... there was no time to be wasted. He had prioritised his need for prayer. He clears the way. He sends disciples ahead. He dismisses the crowd. Then he went up into the hills by himself to pray. When evening came He was alone.

Jesus knew He needed time for prayer. There was so much to do. People to heal. Demons to dispatch. Disciples to teach. But instead of plunging headlong into a frenzy of activity, Jesus takes time, makes time, to retreat to quiet solitude to pray.


In the simplest form, prayer can be seen as talking to God. As a father longs for his children to talk to him, so to our Father in heaven longs for us to talk to Him.

How do you have a conversation with some one you do not know? Very very difficult indeed. But God knows us. And as we develop a relationship with Him, we get to know Him. We get to know Him better by studying His Word. We get to know him better from the effect of His hand in the lives our brothers and sisters as declared in their testimony.

And as we get to know God, so much more does our reverence for Him grow. No wonder the angels and the six winged seraphs spend every day and night in all eternity in ceaseless hymns of praise, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty".

Prayer is not the mindless babble of some ritual. If it passes from the pages of print to our mouth without going through our heart and mind it is not prayer.

We do not know what we ought to pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express (Romans_8:26) And those of us that have come to the throne of grace bringing with us great burdens can testify that this is true. Laying our burdens at the foot of Jesus, our inner most being groans with pain and yearning for release, with groans that words cannot express, groans that the very Spirit of God himself uses to intercede for us. And these prayers reach the ears of God.

If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins, and will heal their land (2 Colossians_7:14)

Jesus taught us to pray:

We approach the throne of grace on bended knee, with contrite heart, in worship and in reverence.

Something just came in on the net and I will end with this piece, author unknown...


Love grace and peace

Su Min

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