Prayer was a huge part of Jesus’ life. He was human, fully man, as well as fully God. His body needed sleep just like ours do. But Jesus often prayed all night. He communed with God to be prepared for the work He did here on earth.
“One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon, who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.” Luke 6:12-19
This should challenge us. He was God and yet needed time with the Father. Do we often try to go it alone, to do things in our own strength? We have the same opportunity to talk with our Father as Jesus did. We can go to Him as our source for wisdom and direction.
After a night in prayer Jesus called His disciples and He designated twelve of them to be the inner circle. These were the ones who would stay close, learn, and be trained, so that later they would be the ones who would spread out literally around the known world. These were the apostles, but sadly one of them would become a traitor.
Crowds were gathering and Jesus went with the twelve and stood on level ground because the crowd was clamoring to touch Him. The people came from Judea, Jerusalem, the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon. Some came to learn because they were followers, but many came to be healed because they were troubled by evil spirits or needed physical healing.
But Jesus was there and power came from Him, healing them all.
And Jesus is still here.
What is it that we need from Him today?
Do we need to come to learn more of His Word so we can be on the inner circle and then go out to the world to share?
Are we troubled by something and need to bring it to Jesus?
Do we need a physical touch from the Great Physician?
Jesus is still here and He is here all the time.