Today’s Encouragement is Luke 6:12-13 In these days he [Jesus] went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God.  And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles:
All night He continued in prayer-
Jesus, the Son of God, fully God and fully man… Jesus prayed all night! The night before He ‘chose from them twelve.’
My friends, Jesus faced a major decision, whom to choose as his twelve disciples. And all night he prayed…
Now we would think (so much for our thinking!) that as close to God as Jesus was, that He’d simply, ‘check in’ with God a few times a day, maybe only once a day (or would He need to at all?) to verify, to know God’s will.
Yet He prayed all night. And as He did in the garden before He was arrested and killed, He must’ve ‘struggled in prayer’ with God. Not struggling ‘to’ pray, but ‘in’ prayer.
My friends, we can pray for a moment, or an instant, or all night. The time spent in prayer can be a direct reflection of the intensity of our need… for God to act, to learn His will, to gain His Peace, to surrender ourselves, to gain victory over sin… whatever our need… Prayer, without a clock, without a timer, is the answer.
Is it possible that: God is always ready and waiting for us to pray? Isn’t a loving Father always ready to hear from, and spend time with, His beloved children?
Father God, help us to turn to You – First – and Always, in prayer. Grant us the privilege of extended time with You in prayer.
Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir