We read Matthew 14 for our family Bible time this morning, and I noted two things:
First, Herod’s actions were motivated by what pleased him–he was pleased by the dancing of his step-daughter and committed himself to what pleased him (14:6-12). I will commit myself to what pleases me. The character of what pleases me will be seen in my actions.
Second, even though it was the end of a long day, Jesus “went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone” (14:23). The incarnate Son of God (v. 33) spent vast amounts of time alone in prayer. Focused, concentrated prayer is an essential aspect of my relationship with the Father. How does my schedule show that?