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Going into the Mountains to Pray – Matthew 14:23

I enjoy going up into the mountains to get away from all the distractions that swirl around me every day. So you would have to expect that I am going to latch onto what I think may be my new favorite verse in the Bible.

After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone

Matthew 14:23 NIV

Jesus dismissed all the people (distractions), and headed up into the hills for some quiet time. And he spent the night there alone. Sounds to me very much like a solo backpacking trip / retreat. Was Jesus a backpacker? Probably not in the sense we use the word today. But it is clear that he did go up into the mountains for solitude and prayer.

I frequently go out into the mountains near my home. Sometimes for days at a time. I find it easier to focus on God when there is no internet, no books, no weeds to pull, nothing on the calendar, and no other commitments or obligations. I am solitary by nature, so I enjoy being alone. Although I am never really alone. God’s presence is always with me. My most intimate times with God happen when I am alone with him up in the mountains in prayer.

The views expressed here are solely mine and do not necessarily reflect those of any other person, group, or organization. While I believe they reflect the teachings of the Bible, I am a fallible human and subject to misunderstanding. Please feel free to leave any comments or questions about this post in the comments section below. I am always interested in your feedback.

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