All night long

As I read about Jesus’ lifestyle while he was on earth, especially the accounts in the book of Luke, I find that Jesus spent a lot of time praying. I suppose that isn’t a big surprise but I do think it is something that is often overlooked. We mention the 40 day fast at the beginning of his ministry often enough but there usually isn’t much discussion about the other mentions of him often sneaking away to the wilderness to pray. Luke 6:12 shows us one private prayer meeting where Jesus spent “the whole night in prayer.” The whole night! That’s a long prayer meeting. And when you look at the powerful results of Jesus’ earthly ministry it seems pretty clear that the miracles were a reflection of these private prayer times. I often get up early in the morning to spend a few hours in prayer and it is not uncommon for me to set aside a full day for prayer on a regular basis. I do this because I want to be closer to my Abba. I do this because I know that in the secret place with God we are given revelation about what he wants to do on the earth. These close relationships make us more effective in ministry. Show me a dead church and I’ll show you a ministry team that doesn’t spend enough time in prayer. If it was good enough for Jesus it is good enough for me. And if it’s something Jesus modeled then maybe it is something we should pursue for our own lives.

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