23 After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.
36 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to His disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”
39 And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”
35 In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.
When Jesus retreated from the crowds and his disciples at different times shows that all humans need solitude, rest, and prayer. In such moments we can meet ourselves face to face and hear God speaking most clearly. Unfortunately, many people do not value that experience enough to ensure that their ministry gets it, and many try to get by without it. we value busyness, and by it we measure our effectiveness. Few schedule time for solitude and meditation in the calendar, usually full of activities. Many feel overcome by persons constantly pulling at their sleeves and hearts strings and never take time to recharge their batteries with study, prayer, and rest. The whirlwind of activity spins them like tops, and they end up becoming bone weary physically and bone dry spiritually. They may feel like the disciples rowing furiously against the wind but getting nowhere, feeling separated from Jesus and distressed in the rowing. Many people may feel that way as they serve in the church. They keep rowing but seem to make no progress. Discouragement sets in when one always seems headed into a gale. They feel cast adrift and may ask why they ever left the shore in the first place; they long to go back.
Rowers grow tired and then slack and blind to the God who calls out and says, “I am.”