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Serious Decisions Sometimes Require Time Alone
The forty days in the mountain wilderness were not a period of great temptation but rather the period of the Master‘s great decisions. During these days of lone communion with himself and his Father‘s immediate presence--the Personalized Adjuster--he arrived, one by one, at the great decisions which were to control his policies and conduct for the remainder of his earth career. Subsequently the tradition of a great temptation became attached to this period of isolation through confusion with the fragmentary narratives of the Mount Hermon struggles, and further because it was the custom to have all great prophets and human leaders begin their public careers by undergoing these supposed seasons of fasting and prayer. It had always been Jesus practice, when facing any new or serious decisions, to withdraw for communion with his own spirit that he might seek to know the will of God.