Meditation for Monday

And it came to pass in those days, that He went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. Luke 6:12

How long can you pray? Can you get down at your bedside in the evening, and stay there to continue praying until time to get up in the morning? No catnaps along the way, you must maintain alertness and continue your conversation with God. How well would you do? OK, supposing you could manage that, how well would it go if you tried it out on an isolated hillside somewhere? Nobody else around, just you… and no lights or blankets to give you any comfort. Just thinking about it gives you a bit of an idea how impressive this feat was as described in today’s text. There are some religious orders where some people chant or recite prayers for hours at a time. But they are saying prayers, they are not praying, like Jesus was. There was no ritualistic aspect to His praying… He was having an all-night conversation with His Father. And His example puts all of us to shame!

Why was Jesus praying all night? Around Him was a world of lost sinners, desperately in need of a Saviour. Jesus could know and feel for the lost, so He prayed all night for them. Could we pray all night from a heart of love for lost souls to be saved? Jesus could see the fields white unto harvest and see the dearth of workers to carry the Gospel to them. So He prayed all night for Gospel messengers and faithful witnesses. Could we pray all night for the furtherance of the Gospel? Jesus understood the weaknesses and failings of His followers, even those who were apparently devoted and faithful, as well as those who were tottering on the brink of giving up their discipleship. So He prayed all night for their preservation. Could we pray all night for God to preserve and uphold the testimonies of the Christians around us? Jesus could see the sicknesses and heartaches that beset the people he contacted every day. So he prayed all night for God to heal and comfort them. Could we pray all night for God to be a very present help in time of trouble to the sick and sorrowing around us?

There were things that kept the Lord Jesus on His knees all night.. and the same could occupy us in prayer too. How long have you spent in your comfortable closet in fervent prayer today? All night? Not even an hour? -Jim MacIntosh

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