Even if it’s for 15 minutes, start with that. Start with that set a time and a place. That’s the first part of developing prayer. We have to keep an appointment. Jesus did this. Here’s what he says in Matthew 1423 or speaking of Jesus, I should say, when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. Now, when evening had come, had come, he was alone there. Mark one 35 now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight. Woo. Somebody just received that conviction right there long while before daylight, he went out and departed to a solitary place and there he prayed. Notice the pattern. This is Jesus. What he did with his relationship with the father. Psalm 63 one says, Oh God, you are my God. Early will I seek you. You don’t have to set your time of prayer with God as in every morning, but I encourage you to do at least something with great Mt. Carmel Church services.
First thing, and we’ll talk about the importance of that, but I believe early in the morning, again, I believe in giving God our first, so when you wake up, I encourage you, give God first of your day, Mark six 46 and G and when he had sent them away, he departed to the mountain to pray. Notice what Jesus does. He went to get alone. Get alone. When’s the last time you were alone with God? When’s the last time you didn’t have your phone in your hand? TV in front of you on people talking Mt. Carmel Church. Set them aside. Don’t take your phone into your prayer room. That’s why I encourage you don’t have your prayer devotional and everything on your phone. You can. I’ve got a devotional guide that I follow on my phone, but I only click when I’m done with it, but I don’t read from it because if I read from it, guess what?
I can get notifications popping up. I can get distractions. Somebody can text me. Even if I’m praying early in the morning, sometimes I get a text message. I’m like, Oh, what’s that? But if I set my phone, I go outside the door. I shut the door and I put my phone on the other side of the door and I shut the door. And then I pray. And then when I’m done with my devotion time, I go on. I’m Mark completed on my phone, but I don’t read off of it Mt. Carmel Church. Just the tip. I just don’t want the distraction, you know? I don’t want to, I don’t want to see what the score was last night or anything like that. I can see that later. So trying to withdraw. Look what Luke five 16 says. So he often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.
Luke six 12 now it came to pass in those days that he went out to the mountain to pray and continued all night in prayer to God. So Jesus got alone to pray. So I encourage you, get alone to pray. Just develop a time. Set a time and place. Now, what are the benefits of it? You’re like, Chad, why? Why do I need to do that? Let’s look at Matthew chapter 26 this is Jesus in the garden. He’s with the disciples. Why should I set aside time to pray with God every day Mt. Carmel Church? Let me find Matthew 26 sorry, taking a while to get there, dude. Dude, dude, there we go. Matthew 26 verse 36 then Jesus came with him to a place called guest Semini and he said to the disciples, sit here while I go, pray over there. Notice what he was setting a time and a place.
He’s getting alone. He’s not even praying with him. You guys stay here. I’m going to go over there. It says he took with him, Peter and two sons, his deputy who jump down, jump down to verse 40 then he came to the Cypress. This is after he went and prayed and he came back and he told them to watch and pray with him. Verse 40 they came to the disciples. He found them sleeping and said to Peter, what could you not watch with me? One hour, watch and pray lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. So Jesus comes back from praying. He told the disciples, Hey, you guys stay here and pray. I’m going to go over here and pray. Now, watch, pray with me. So he comes back, they’re sleeping.
Anybody ever fell asleep? Pray beside me. It happens. Jesus could come, said, Hey, Chad, wake up. Let’s say he comes back and they’re sleeping and he says, Hey, could you not watch with me one hour, one, one hour. Now there’s a book that was written years ago about praying for an hour and you may think, pray for an hour. There’s no start by just setting aside time. Nobody’s saying you have to set the clock and I have to pray for one hour. All we have to do is get a place where we say, God, I’m going to pursue you. Jesus was saying, could you not watch and pray with me? Now, look at what happens with us Mt. Carmel Church?
Why did they need to do that? Why was Jesus telling them to do that? The word watch just means to be alert, be awake. He says, watches and prays, lest you enter into temptation. That word temptation means to trap or tempt someone to test to produce a failure. So when Jesus said, watch and pray Mt. Carmel Church, he was not just giving them the rule to follow. He was giving them a strategy to prevent failure. He says, watches and prays, lest you enter temptation or you enter the opportunity to fail. So why do we need to watch him pray? Because Jesus knows what’s coming.
Jesus knows what’s coming when we don’t know what’s coming. He knows that they’re getting ready to show up with torches here in just a moment, and they’re going to take him to go crucify him. So he told him, Hey, pray so that you won’t enter temptation. What was going to happen? They’re going to come.