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"Thy Word Have I Hid In Mine Heart..." Psalm 119 : 11

The Fourth Watch

He went up into a mountain apart to pray.... And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
MATTHEW 14:23, 25
19th January
C. H. Spurgeon
If thou be a child of God, thou wilt seek thy Father's face, and live in thy Father's love.
There is something that causes us to stand in holy awe as we consider our Lord's desire as the God-Man for privacy in the place of prayer.

After a long day of labour, He sent His disciples and the crowds away and went into a mountain to pray alone. Through the evening hours until "the fourth watch of the night"-3.00 a.m. until 6.00 a.m.-He enjoyed the solitude of that private time, time in which, I suggest, He could engage in the following spiritual exercises.

He was refreshing His soul. The Saviour wanted to be alone with His Father, enjoying precious moments of sweet fellowship, away from the disciples and the multitude that made so many demands upon His time. His heart yearned to be in the presence of the One whom He loved and sought to please as "heaven's beloved son."

He was renewing His strength. In His humanity, Christ could grow tired. John records His "being wearied with his journey" (John 4:6). Mark remembered that "he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow" (Mark 4: 38). The Lord needed to renew His strength both physically and spiritually for the day that was before Him. The secret of renewing our strength is found in the practice of the Saviour and the promise of the Scriptures: "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength" (Isaiah 40:31).

He was remembering His servants. While He was in the mountain, the disciples were in a boat crossing the Sea of Galilee, encountering one of the worst storms they had ever experienced. As they panicked in the boat, the Lord was praying for them on the mountain and soon came to quieten their fears and quicken their faith by calming the storm and bringing them to safety on the other side.