“Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named Apostles”. – Luke 6:12-13
If we really think about the setting around this verse, we gain a better understanding of the importance of what was happening. At this time, there were hundreds of people following Jesus and part of His ministry was to select twelve apostles, representing twelve tribes.
Now, because it was such an important decision, Jesus spent all night in prayer before he made the selections. Eleven of these followers are already perfect for the role. I would venture to say that they were easier selections. However, there is one in the mix, Judas Iscariot, who He also chose. Judas would end up betraying Jesus and leading those to Him that would eventually hang Him on the cross. Jesus, being perfect and knowing all things, knew this had to happen. Could it be that Jesus spent all night in prayer because He knew He had to select Judas and that was the toughest decision to make?
Jesus asked God if there was another way that sins could be forgiven other than His death (see Matt. 26:39). Could it be that Jesus, since He knew Judas would betray Him, thought in His humanness, not to select Judas as one of the twelve? Could it be that He prayed all night for the strength to do God’s will and not His own? I personally believe that is exactly what happened. Jesus made the choice according to God’s will and the result of His obedience was salvation for all who accept it. What an example Jesus is to us!
What about you today? Do you find God telling you to do something you just do not want to do? You wonder if there is another way? You may even be trying other ways to do it right now. Rather than searching counsel from the internet, books or pastors, have you really brought it to God in prayer? Have you asked Him what His will is? If not, will you do that today? If so, what is He telling you and will you be obedient?