“After he had dismissed the crowd, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone” (Matthew 14:23).

Considering the throngs of people with whom we interact each day — from family, classmates, coworkers, to social media — the idea of being alone, and the need to be alone, can easily be lost. If, however, it was a compelling need in the life of Jesus then we, too, must intentionally “dismiss” the crowd that we might have time alone with the Father.

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