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Devotional - week of July 3, 2011


LONG NIGHT OF LOOKING AND LISTENING

 

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.  Luke 6:12

 

Luke 6:13 says, “And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles:” The choosing of the twelve apostles was surely one of the most important acts of Jesus while on earth.

 

In John 5:19, Jesus said:

 

 Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.

 

In John 6:38, Jesus said:

 

I speak what I have seen with My Father.

 

In light of these two statements from the lips of Jesus, we must believe that Jesus’ night in prayer was not a night of speaking to the Father but of permitting His Father to guide Him in the all-important thing He would do the next day.

 

There is another story like this one. After a long but highly successful day of ministry, Jesus arose early the next morning and found a private place to pray. When the disciples found Him, He said, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.” This was surely another time the praying of Jesus was that of watching and listening.

 

We learn much from these two experiences of Jesus and His statements that He did nothing except what He saw the Father doing and hearing what the Father was saying.

 

Our privilege of experiencing God in the heavenlies seems to be the best place for this type of praying.