12 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. 13 And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles: 14 Simon, whom He also named Peter, and Andrew his brother; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew;15 Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called the Zealot; 16 Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot who also became a traitor.
The very first thing we read, Jesus prays all night. I’ll say that again, HE PRAYS ALL NIGHT. He prays to His father to ensure the men he picks is what God wants and not what Jesus wants.
How many of us can say they prayed all night to make an important decision. How many Pastors can say they prayed all night to choose their leadership. This is a really important factor in our christian walk and for all leaders who need to make a decision that’s going to effect or influence a lot of people. This should be the lifestyle of all Christians.
I’ve tried to pray all night, its a difficult thing to do. You have to overcome so many obstacles. The biggest is tiredness.
“Pray” is mentioned 61 time in the new testament so I would say prayer is an important factor for our growth as Christians. I could write a few blogs when it comes to prayer. I’m going to try and talk about the importance of it.
Jesus spent a lot of time praying alone and He tells us to pray alone,
In Matthew 6:5,6 reads:
5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
Over the years of being a Christian I have seen many people display their prayers. I’m not saying their is anything wrong with praying in a group or at a meeting, it needs to be in the right context and environment. However Jesus was particular about praying alone, praying in the closet. God is already waiting for you, you just need to be obedient and pray.
When the scripture talks about, closet its referring to “a secret chamber or secret room”. Get rid of all distractions so you can whole hardheartedly give all to God and if you are struggling to pray then pray in the spirit as it says in Romans 8:26;
26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groaning s which cannot be uttered.
When we have important decisions to make its inevitable that we pray, even if we don’t need to make a decision, prayer is communication with God. It strengthens us spiritually. I’ve had people say, “you don’t need to pray because you already have the Spirit of God in you so whatever decision you make God will bless”. That is completely wrong. Jesus prayed to make decisions, for strength, for your salvation, when we are feeling weak, pray for each other, pray for understanding, I could go on. It’s extremely important to pray. As we have read Jesus prayed and the Spirit of God prays for us, He intercedes on our behalf. People can go over board and pray in regards, what to wear or if they should drive the car. I think, that is unnecessary.
In Matthew 26 Jesus prayed to His Father. This was a time Jesus was struggling.
“My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death”…
It’s important to pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
The Greek word for Ceasing is adialeíptōs, means:
uninterruptedly, i.e. without omission (on an appropriate occasion):—without ceasing.
If you’re wondering why things aren’t going well with you. Have you looked at your prayer life? What are your priorities? Being a Christian takes sacrifice. Do we put God first or do we do what we want to do, i.e. watch TV. waste time on social media, games, going to sports on a Sunday instead of church etc. God wants all of us and prayer is part of that journey. I encourage you to set yourself a goal and spend ten minutes a day to pray and then increase it. As you start doing this and your life is in line with what God wants, your life will change. Let go and Let God.