And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, He was there alone. -Matthew 14:23
“Cold mountains and the midnight air
Witnessed the fervour of His prayer.”
If the perfect Christ could not live without prayer, how can such poor imperfect ones as we live without it? He had no sin within Him, and yet He had need to pray. He was pure and holy, and yet He must needs wait upon God all day long, and often speak with His Father; and then when the night came, and others went to their beds, He withdrew Himself into the wilderness and prayed. If the Lord Jesus be in you, you must walk as He walked in that matter.
And, then, think of His delight in God. How wonderful was Christ’s delight in His God! I can never think of His life as an unhappy one. He was, it is true, “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief”; but still there was a deep spring of wondrous happiness in the midst of His heart, which made Him always blessed; for He said to His Father, “I delight to do Thy will, 0 my God! Yea, Thy law is within My heart.” He delighted in God. Many a sweet night He spent in those prayer-times of His in fellowship with the Father. Why, it was that which prepared Him for the agony of His bloody sweat, and for the “Why hast Thou forsaken Me?” Those love-visits, those near and dear communings which His holy heart had with the Father were His secret meat and drink. And you and I also must delight in God…”Delight thyself also in the Lord, and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” ! C.H. Spurgeon