He Prayed All Night

July 29, 2011 by Jong Park

Jesus prayed.

He prayed all night before he chose the motley crew that he would transform into the twelve apostles. Luke 6:12-13, “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.”

He prayed early in the morning “while it was still dark” (Mark 1:35) to clear his vision and strengthen his heart. Because he met with the Father in the dawn hours, he was ready to encounter people when the sun rose. Even though he was undoubtedly tired from intense ministry on the previous day, he didn’t skimp out on prayer.

He prayed when ministry was going well. After he heals the leper, people seek him out to be healed. But it says that “he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.” (Luke 5:16). He guarded his desolate spots of prayer, even from the demands of ministry.

He inspired others to pray. These men had heard and seen people pray before, but something about the way Jesus prayed compelled them to ask, “Lord, teach us to pray”(Luke 11:11) as in, “Jesus, we’ve never heard anyone pray like that before. We’ve heard our rabbis pray but never like that! When we see and hear you, we have to confess, we don’t know what it means to pray. Teach us!”

He prayed that Peter “would not be sifted” (Luke 22:31-32). He prayed that Peter’s faith would not fail and when he slipped momentarily, Jesus prayed that he would get back up, and strengthen his fellow brothers. He was about to face the terror of the cross and yet he was embracing Peter in prayer.

He prayed for us. Yes, you, me, us. (John 17). He prayed for our justification, sanctification, and for unity among the Christians. He prayed for me! Say that a hundred times when you feel alone or discouraged.

He prayed all night before his crucifixion. (Matthew 26: 40-41) “And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

He prayed on the cross (Luke 23:34). He swallowed their hate and spit out grace. Until the end of his life, he prayed.

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