“It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer.” – Luke 6:12
It has been said that the Bible shows 27 times where Jesus goes off to pray. I do not know if this is the exact number yet it certainly paints a picture, doesn’t it? We certainly see it happen when He prays all night before choosing the twelve disciples (see Luke 6). We also see it when He is in the garden of Gethsemane right before He is taken and murdered on the cross (see Matt. 26).
The Bible says, “He who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk just as He walked.” – 1 John 2:6. That would mean that we are to imitate our Lord Jesus Christ, right? We are to be like Him, right? So, if He prayed during times of extreme pressure, what should we do?
Jesus went straight to prayer to God and asked for God’s will. Jesus prayed often and for everything. As pressures escalated, He prayed even more. And, He was busiest of all! People would not leave Him alone. He got tired, thirsty and hungry but He never turned anyone away. And even after all of that, He found time to do the most important thing, spending time in communion with God. He spent time praying. If Jesus made time to do this and even more so during times of extreme pressure, what should we do? Are we exempt? Are we better than Jesus? Are we busier than He was?
Many of us may be going through times of extreme pressure. How are you handling those things in your life? Do you sit there and think about the problem, space out in your own little world and dwell on the issues? If it is a big decision you must make, is the first thing you think of doing is to sit down and make a pros/cons list? Is that what Jesus did?
We are to walk in this world with God’s power. Sadly though, many of us Christian’s walk in our own power because we do not make time to pray. Most of us get up in the morning, get ready for work and head out the door. I hope we all spend time with Him in prayer today.
“Your other engagements will run smoothly if you do not forget your engagement with God” – Steve Miller on Spurgeon