“ In these days he 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: Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
“And he came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. And those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all. And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: ‘Blessed are you.'” Luke 6:12-20
I watched in delight this morning as the dawn broke, ink black giving way to deep periwinkle, suddenly resplendent in blazing color, and within minutes, monochromatic grey. I thought how being alert, eyes and heart open in the moment, taking quiet time alone and listening, is necessary if I want to experience the treasures God has for me.
The resolve and work of prayer is always worth it. For Jesus, prayer was part of the vital flow of His life on earth. It is a pattern for us. During His days, His ministry, the ordinary and the spectacular, He stole away to pray. It took effort for Him to leave the crowds, to climb the mountain, to get quiet, but it was here in the secret place He could think through His concerns, consider His hours, commune with His Father, take in His treasures, and go forth to discern, to call and encourage and lead, to heal, to bless. The power with which He lived was ignited in His time alone with His Father.
Lord, may this be so for me. Keep aflame in me the determination to take time away and alone with You, to seek Your vision and power and insight for my days and duties. Fill me to give Your best blessing to others, and all glory to You.