The crowds sought Him out! Everyone wanted to be with Him! They wanted to hear Him, ask Him a question, or get Him to heal a loved one. He was sought from daylight to dusk. When the crowd knew He was in town, they found Him. Never a moment alone—unless He made it happen.
Several times in the Bible we see Jesus getting away from the multitudes and sending them away:
“And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. 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 14:22–23
“And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there.” Matthew 21:17
“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” Mark 1:35
“But Jesus withdrew himself with his disciples to the sea: and a great multitude from Galilee followed him, and from Judæa.” Mark 3:7
“And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray. And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land.” Mark 6:46–47
“And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed.” Luke 22:41
Lonely is one of the most dreaded words. Loneliness does not come from being alone. Loneliness comes from forgetting the presence of God. Psalm 46:10 tells us to “be still and know that I am God.”
Jesus’ routine was to go out to the mountains to pray and then into the cities to minister. Some people spend all their time in the city with people and no time out on the mountains alone. The secret is time alone—Jesus had it.
Jesus loved God and loved people. He spent time with both. He knew how much time to be with people and how much time to be with God.
God creates a desire for intimate companionship inside of everyone. The problem is that people try to fill that void with other people and things instead of God.
Jesus spent time alone. Do you?