In the Xhosa tradition, when a man (or a woman - but mainly men) wants to be alone to deal with an important
issue in his life, he would go to a nearby mountain and seek for a quiet spot
where time can be spent with God in prayer.
Prayer could be for guidance, wisdom, deliverance, healing (physical or
spiritual) or any other issue related to his personal life or that of his
family. Here on the mountain he will look for new strength and encouragement.
Here he comes to hear God’s voice …
Through the ages many men have gone to mountains for the same reasons. The first
person that comes to mind is Moses: “Moses climbed the rugged mountain to meet
with God…” (Exodus 19:3) and on this mountain soon afterwards he received the
Ten Commandments. The other person who also comes to mind is Jesus Christ
spending many hours of prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane situated on the
Mountain of Olives. He often found refuge from the crowds in the mountains of
Galilee as well.
We would like to invite you to spend some time on our mountain today. Whether
you are a man or woman, young or old, it may be
that you have some unresolved issues in your life and that you need some
encouragement and strength. Go ahead and let God do the work for you through His
But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and has made the Lord his hope and
confidence. He is like a tree planted along a riverbank, with roots reaching
deep into the water-a tree not bothered by the heat nor worried by long months
of drought. Its leaves stay green and it goes right on producing all its
I prayed to the Lord, and He answered me; He freed me from all my fears. The
oppressed look to Him and are glad; they will never be disappointed. The
helpless call to Him, and He answers; He saves them from all their troubles. His
angel guards those who honour the Lord and rescues them from danger.