Beautiful Prayer – Luke 6:12-16
Luke 6:12-16: One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night. At daybreak he called together all of his disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles. Here are their names: Simon (whom he named Peter), Andrew (Peter’s brother), James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James (son of Alphaeus), Simon (who was called the zealot), Judas (son of James), Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).
Recently on the Bible and Praying People pages on Facebook I invited people to submit their prayer requests, I offered to pray for people and also encouraged others to pray. Literally thousands of prayers were expressed and even now, a day or so later, prayers are still being posted. As I prayed the prayer requests I found myself deeply moved, sometimes to tears at how challenging life is for some. I know God hears prayers as Mark 11: 24 states, ‘Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.’. It is a privilege and an honour to pray for people.
And then I read this amazing passage where Jesus heads out to a remote, quiet place up a mountain and prays all night. All night! No quick prayer on the way to wherever.. but Jesus finds a quiet place and forgoes sleep so He can spend time with His Father in prayer. Jesus did this as He had a big decision to make, the appointment of the 12 apostles.
I have a big decision coming up: what to do when I finish as Chief Executive of Bible Society New Zealand in March? And this passage really, really challenges me. I now want to pray all night, to commit to prayer my future plans for I only seek to do God’s will, so it makes sense to seek after God in prayer then. But as I think about this, I find myself asking practical questions like, how will I stay awake? What will I pray about? What will I do the next day?? But I feel very led by this passage and I am going to give it a go!
I will let you know what happens!
Rev Mark Brown
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