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The Withdraws of Jesus

24 Feb Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on The Withdraws of Jesus
The Withdraws of Jesus

Reflections for a Season of Lent

For those who choose to observe Lent for the forty days leading up to Resurrection Sunday, they choose to pattern their days after the habit of Jesus when He withdrew into the wilderness after His baptism, led by the Spirit to dwell in the wilderness for forty days. While that forty days served as a unique crucible of testing and temptation for Christ, it would not be the only time during his life and ministry that He would choose to withdraw into solitude for the purpose of prayer. In fact, the gospels record a regular practice of withdraw. “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” (Lk. 5:16). As we continue in a reflective season of Lent, consider the pattern and model of our Master.

The Withdraws of Jesus

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness…” (Mt. 4:1)

“Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went and departed to a solitary place, and there He prayed.” (Mk. 1:35)

“Now when it was day, He departed and went into a deserted place…” (Lk. 4:42)


“Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.” (Lk. 6:12)

“When Jesus heard it, He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself.” (Mt. 14:13)

“So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.” (Lk. 5:16)

“But Jesus withdrew with His disciples to the sea.” (Mk. 3:7)

And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest awhile.”(Mk. 6:31)


“Then He took them and went aside privately into a deserted place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.” (Lk. 9:10)

“Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on a mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.” (Mt. 14:22ff.)

“When Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.” (Jn. 6:15)

“And everyone went to his own house. But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.” (Jn. 7:53ff.)

“From there He arose and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And He entered a house and wanted no one to know it.” (Mk. 7:24)


“Jesus took Peter, James, and Jn. his brother, led them up on high mountain by themselves…” (Mt. 17:1)

“They departed from there and passed through Galilee, and He did not want anyone to know it.” (Mk. 9:30)

“And He went away again beyond the Jordan…” (Jn. 10:40)

“Jesus no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there into the country near the wilderness.” (Jn. 11:54)

“These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them.” (Jn. 12:36)


“Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane…” (Mt. 26:36)

“And He was withdrawn from them.” (Lk. 22:41)