If we are to live as true followers of Jesus, we will be intentional about the practice of solitude. Let’s look at 10 different times in Jesus’ life when he made solitude a priority:
1. To Prepare for Ministry
In Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus fasts for 40 days in the wilderness in preparation for the inauguration of his ministry. We should seek solitude to intentionally prepare for future ministry.
2. To Grieve
3. After Success
In Matthew 14:23, Jesus went up on a mountainside by himself to pray—right after feeding the 5,000.We should seek solitude in order to recover from a great victory that leaves us feeling tired and depleted.
4. Hear From God
5. Before a Major Challenge
6. To Gain Perspective
In Mark 1:35, Jesus went off to a solitary place to pray following and during an intense season of ministry. He gains perspective as he talks with his Father and prepares for things to come. We should seek solitude to gain a clear perspective that leads to wise decisions.
7. As an Example
In Mark 6:31, Jesus invites the disciples to come away to a quiet place and rest after an intense season of ministry. He’s teaching the disciples the importance of the practice of solitude. We should seek solitude as an example to others who live noisy lives.
8. For Renewal
In Luke 5:16, we learn that Jesus often withdrew to lonely places to pray. He does this after draining seasons of life. We should seek solitude for rest, rejuvenation, and renewal.