Spiritual power depends on daily renewal. In Jesus’ ministry, there was a consistent pattern like the one recorded in Luke 5. Consider the leper’s question and what happens next:

““Lord if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then He put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.”” – Luke 5:12b-13 NKJV

Afterwards, the leper spread the story (against Jesus’ instructions) and the crowds grew even bigger. And as they did, an important note is included in the narrative:

“So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.” – Luke 5:16 NKJV

There are many things Jesus modeled for us and a very important discipline was His time to be refreshed in spirit. He always made the effort for renewal time with His Father. As a disciple, there must be time for spiritual renewal. It may look different from one believer to the next, but the components are essential for spiritual power and consistent living. There simply is no substitute for prayer and scripture reading, and the enemy will try to separate us from both. Endless distractions may come today, but a few moments set aside for refreshment will be worth it.

About cchrisholland

...husband, dad, pastor, teacher, and chronic day-dreamer
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