23And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
23 Verse 23. He went up into a mountain apart, to pray] He whom
God has employed in a work of mercy had need to return, by prayer,
as speedily, to his Maker, as he can, lest he should be tempted to
value himself on account of that in which he has no merit-for the
good that is done upon earth, the Lord doth it alone. Some make
this part of our Lord's conduct emblematic of the spirit and
practice of prayer, and observe that the proper dispositions and
circumstances for praying well are: 1. Retirement from the world.
2. Elevation of the heart to God. 3. Solitude. 4. The silence
and quiet of the night. It Is certain that in this also Christ
has left us an example that we should follow his steps.
Retirement from the world is often a means of animating,
supporting, and spiritualizing prayer. Other society should be
shut out, when a soul comes to converse with God.