Praying after the High Points
And when He had sent them away, He departed to the
mountain to pray. (Mark 6:46)
What do you do after a spiritual victory? Where do
you go after reaching a high point in your Christian life? Jesus went to pray.
Jesus had just fed a multitude with only five loaves of bread and two
fish_(Mark 6:34–44). If there were ever a time to relax and bask in the glow of
God’s power it should have been then. Instead, Jesus climbed a mountain to
pray. When Jesus prayed, the Father clearly revealed His will and His ways to
His Son. It eventually dawned on Jesus’ disciples that Jesus prepared for every
major decision and difficult challenge with a time of prayer (Luke 11:1).
As Jesus prayed on the mountain that day, the
Father knew His Son was about to face a fierce storm (Mark 6:48). The disciples
raced headlong into the tempest unprepared, but Jesus entered the storm after
communing with His Father in prayer. The Father had prepared Jesus for what was
coming, and Jesus met the crisis with all the power of God.
It is tempting to relax after a spiritual victory,
but a crisis could follow at any time. You must stand guard over your high
points. It is at these times when you experience God mightily that you should
immediately get alone to pray. Then you will not be caught unprepared when
trials come. Have you experienced a spiritual victory? Follow your Lord’s
example and go immediately to a place of prayer so the Father can prepare you
for what is coming.