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The Mountain

Go to the Mountain!

Matthew 14:23
And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.

John 6:15
Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.

Luke 6:12
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.

It’s obvious by reading the above scriptures that Jesus took time to be with His Heavenly Father to pray. Matthew says He went there to be alone and pray. John says He departed “again” implying this must have been a regular occurrence, and Luke states that he continued all night in prayer.

Have you ever gone to “The Mountain”? As I am writing this, I am in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Floyd, VA., at a place called “Spirit Wind Ministries.” They offer their lodge for full-time ministers to come and stay to be alone with God. The view is wonderful, the lodge is first class. I am alone, and this is the third night. No phone, no TV, no computer – just my bible and a few books I brought along to read. It’s a holy time. I can pray out loud, sing, read, or just be quiet and listen. No schedule, no interruptions. Just God and me.

The Bible states that our “mountain” can be anyplace – even in a closet! (Matthew 6:6) Many times it’s my truck! I’ll ask again… have you ever been to the mountain? If not, I highly recommend it. If Jesus needed mountain time, then I am sure we need it too. I really do not have to tell you what happens at the mountain – I am sure you already have an idea. The benefits are endless.

I schedule “Mountain” time four times a year for several days each time. I look forward to my time alone and the revelation that comes out of completely separating from the daily routine to seek His face. If you have never had that kind of “alone time” with God, the first time may seem awkward. But, you know, it doesn’t have to be a long time. You may want to start with an hour — maybe a morning, or an evening. Maybe even one or two days! But just commit to God to go and do it – clear your schedule and just leave! You’ll see how easy it is. I guarantee He will meet you there.

The word “alone” mentioned by Matthew and John is a very important key. The “Mountain” needs to be a place where it’s just you and God – alone. For me, it must be a quiet place where I am literally doing nothing. In other words, if it’s in my truck, I cannot be driving. TV, telephone, internet, e-mail, newspapers, etc. are out of the question. “The Mountain” has to be a place where nothing can steal away your attention from your time with Him.

Oh, and when you go, don’t forget your “Mountain Back Pack.” Here are some items you might consider packing: A Bible and concordance, books or articles you want to read, pen and paper, your written vision, purpose, and mission statement, personal prophecies, a journal, some worship music, teaching tapes & CD’s you’ve been wanting to listen to, etc. And if you are fasting, take plenty of purified water, herbal teas, etc.

Luke 5:15–16
15 However, the report went around concerning Him all the more; and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their infirmities.
16 So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.

It’s interesting to note that at the busiest and most demanding time, Jesus withdrew to be alone and pray. Just Him and His Father, God.

“The Mountain” is a place of relationship, meditation, reflection, worship, praise, revelation, peace, prayer, strength, solitude, quiet, edification, request, wisdom, love, hope, joy, vision, purpose, comfort, answers, healing, forgiveness, and so on. Oops! I thought I was not going to tell you the benefits and I did!

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Pastor Jim Langlois is the Senior Pastor of The Master’s House www.tmhnow.org, President of MKEA (The Master’s Kids Evangelistic Association) www.mkea.org, and an Area Director for ICFM (International Convention of Faith Ministries) www.icfm.org. You can follow him at docinthehouse, on Twitter at jimlanglois, and on Facebook at jim.langlois. His most recent books are “Is it Okay to Pray in Tongues in Church?” and “Will the Real God Please Stand Up!” Both are available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com

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