On the next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met Him. Luke 9:37
There is a direct relationship between platform and prayer. God will not promote you if you are not praying.
The mountain from which Jesus and his disciples were descending is now referred to as the Mount of Transfiguration. In his prayers to God on that mountain Jesus slipped back into his eternal glory, into his pre-incarnation state. That time on the mountain in intimacy with his Father changed him, invigorated him and prepared him for what was to come.
It prepared him for the crowds.
Crowds are powerful things. They can sway even the most committed leaders and woo them onto the path of least resistance and ultimately self-destruction.
We live in a world where men and women want the crowds without the mountain. We want the perks of platform without paying the price for it on the mountain of prayer.
A man who has not been to the mountain is a scary thing in front of a crowd. He’s liable to talk about himself and offer his own wisdom. He is likely to fall in love with having a crowd and begin to say and do things to keep the crowd coming back. He is quite likely to move from prophetic words to pathetic words, and from exhortation to expediency.
Only he who has been to the mountain can resist the allure of the crowd.
Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself, (John 6:15).
Are you a man or woman of the mountain? Have you paid the price for platform and true success on the mountain of prayer? Don’t expect God to increase your crowd if you’re a non-praying person. You simply won’t be able to handle it.
Oh God, help us to seek you over the crowds, your presence over the perks of fame. In Jesus’ name . . . .
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