Immediately He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while He sent the multitude away. And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray.
What do you do after a spiritual victory? What do you think happens in the spiritual realm when the Lord blesses you mightily? Do you think that the enemy of your soul goes off somewhere and pouts? No! He is already planning his next attack. What should you do after reaching a high point in your Christian life? Jesus went to pray.
Jesus had just fed a multitude with only five loaves of bread and two fish (Mark 6:34–44). If there were ever a time to relax and bask in the glow of God’s power it might have been then. Instead, Jesus climbed a mountain to pray. When Jesus prayed, the Father clearly revealed His will and His ways to His Son. It eventually dawned on Jesus’ disciples that Jesus prepared for every major decision and difficult challenge with a time of prayer (Luke 11:1).
As Jesus prayed on the mountain that day, the Father knew His Son was about to face a fierce storm (Mark 6:48). The disciples raced headlong into the tempest unprepared, but Jesus entered the storm after communing with His Father in prayer. The Father had prepared Jesus for what was coming, and Jesus met the crisis with all the power of God.
It is tempting to relax after a spiritual victory, but a crisis could follow at any time and usually does. You must stand guard over your spiritual victories. It is at the times when you experience God mightily that you should immediately get alone to pray. Then you will not be caught unprepared when trials come. Right now, are you experiencing a spiritual victory? Follow the Lord’s example and go immediately to a place of prayer so the Father can prepare you for what is coming.
Were you prepared for the Coronavirus? Did you know that this world-wide pandemic did not shock God off His throne? Did you also know that God would have helped you to be ready for it and He will help you to be ready for the next crisis? The Word of God tells us to “seek the Lord.” It also says that He is not very far from any one of us. So, when the victories come, keep on praying. Amen!