7648 - Time Together

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It should be interesting for us to note that even Jesus spent time praying in solitude.

In Luke 9 we see Jesus investing time with disciples who will soon be the leaders of the new church.

Today let’s look at Luke 9:18-22. This is a glimpse into an intimate moment with these disciples.

Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, "Who do the crowds say I am?"

They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life."

"But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?"
Peter answered, "The Christ of God."

Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone. And he said, "The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life."


We find in Scripture that Jesus often spent time in prayer. On some occasions there were long periods of conversation between Jesus and Father God. At other times Jesus offered up short prayers for the particular occasion. I find it interesting to see Jesus, fully divine himself, entering into prayer with the Father who indwelt Him.

It seems if the Son of God profited by time spent in conversation with His Father, that we as adopted children of God, also profit as we share our heart with Father God.

Prayer is not meant to be an effort to change the mind of God, but rather is a time for us to seek to rightly align our attitudes and expectations with the Father’s. Scripture reminds us that He already knows what we will say before we speak (Ps. 139:4), so we’re not telling God anything new. And God knows what we need before we ask (Mt. 6:8). We are also told that we receive answers to our prayers when we pray according to His will (1 John 5:14); so, the great benefit of prayer is in our seeking the Father to bring our hopes and aspirations in line with His divine plan.

After hearing from the disciples their report of what they have heard other people saying about the identity of Jesus, He asks a straightforward question, “Who do you say I am?”

We have previously discussed that there had been open revelation that Jesus was the Son of God, the Messiah. Although the people had heard the words, they had not have fully understood the deep truth.

Mary had received that message of truth from the angel Gabriel when she willingly yielded herself to the unusual service of being the mother to the Son of God (Lk. 1:26-38).

John the Baptist, after the baptism of Jesus, openly called attention to the fact that Jesus was the Son of God, the Lamb who would take away the sin of the world (John 1:29-34).

Some of the disciples who now talked with Jesus had heard this truth at the Jordan River; and again at the well of Samaria. John tells us that these disciples did not understand all of this until after Jesus was glorified (John 12:16). But they were catching on. The spokesman, Peter, readily acknowledged that Jesus was the Christ, the Messiah of God.

However, it was true that some people were viewing Jesus in political terms. They envisioned Jesus stepping forth and becoming King and overthrowing the Roman occupation force (John 6:15).

This could have been behind the effort Jesus made to keep them from sharing the whole truth with others at this time.

In fact Jesus sought to prepare these who were close to him with the truth regarding the suffering, rejection and death he would experience in Jerusalem. He also sought to prepare them for the resurrection.

There was lack of full insight up to the end. Just before He ascended into heaven the apostles questioned Jesus whether He was going to restore the temporal kingdom to Israel at this time (Acts 1:6).

But after the ascension the disciples began to catch the vision that Scripture had been fulfilled and that this was more than a political rebellion.