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News about Jesus kept spreading. Large crowds came to listen to him teach and to be healed of their diseases. But Jesus would often go to some place where he could be alone and pray.
Have you ever been terribly disappointed by the food in an otherwise perfect restaurant? The atmosphere was right, the service was unsurpassed, the prices were great, but the food was not good. In fact, the food was awful! That eating place will provide you with a memorable first visit, but you probably will never go back and try it again.
Large crowds of people came to Jesus to hear His teaching, but also to be healed. If Jesus taught but did not heal how successful do you think He would have been? The large crowds would have quickly dwindled into only a few who would go out to hear Jesus proclaim the Good News!
You may have the message so perfectly honed that you can deliver it in mere moments. But if there is no hard evidence of the power of God in your life the Good News will be filed in the "Nice Words" drawer.
How did Jesus touch the power of God? I believe it was when He was alone in prayer. There is no record of a "Prayer Meeting" with Jesus in their midst. It is moving to hear the prayers of other believers and of course it strengthens my faith. But, hearing God's answer to my prayers as He speaks to my heart is far more empowering.
Many followers of Jesus and even some churches are like a five star restaurant with bad food. All of the externals are there, but the power of God is not among them!
The only way to change that picture is to spend time alone in prayer!