Pray Like Jesus

In Luke 6 (also in Mark 3) we read about Jesus’ selection of the 12 Apostles. Jesus knew what was at stake in the selection of the 12 and did not take the task lightly. These would be the men who He would invest a great deal of time and energy into training over the next few years and these would be the men who would lead the early church. So what did Jesus do? “12One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. 13When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles.” (Luke 6:12-13) Simple as that – He prayed. I believe that sometimes we have a tendency to think, why would Jesus pray? He was the Son of God and enjoyed amazing fellowship with his Father. However, Jesus spending time in prayer is a consistent pattern in the Gospels, and especially in Luke. There is an important lesson to be learned from this little passage. If Jesus prayed, we also need to pray. We are to be imitators of Christ in everything we do, including prayer. As Christians, we desperately need that fellowship with our Heavenly Father. At times, it is even necessary to labor in prayer. We see this in the example of Jesus as He spent the whole night in prayer. Sadly, we have a hard time showing up to our weekly church prayer meetings, let alone spending hours in prayer. Prayer is a tremendous privilege; let’s take advantage of it.

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