10/13/18 Up the Mountain to Pray

READING: Matthew 17-18; Mark 9:2-50; Luke 9:28-56

“Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is good that we are here.’”

Luke 9:33

I can only imagine what it was like. Jesus called out three of His disciples—Peter, James, and John—and “went up on the mountain to pray”(Luke 9:28). Those three men could never have known what they were going to experience on that mountain. There, Jesus was gloriously changed in front of them, Moses and Elijah appeared before them, and the Father spoke. The disciples had been “heavy with sleep” (Luke 9:32), but they awakened to see this magnificent event.

And all of this happened when Jesus took them to pray.

Part of what prayer does is that it puts us in a place for God to work in our lives. It slows us down, requires us to focus on God, and redirects our attention. It blocks the noise of the world and helps us to listen to Him. For those of us who are busy (perhaps even too busy), it would be good for us to hear Jesus say, “Come away and pray.”  


  • Get away and pray for some time today—even if for only a few minutes. 
  • Ask God to help you to see in your mind the glory of Jesus.

PRAYER: “God, help me to see Your Son.”

TOMORROW’S READING: Review and catch up day