Luke 6:12 (ESV): 12 In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God.
This chapter begins with two Sabbath controversy stories. Then, we are told that Jesus went to a mountain to pray all night, after which he called his disciples and chose twelve of them to mentor more deeply, calling them apostles.
Following this, Jesus stood on a level place and preached what is referred to as the Sermon on the Plain, very similar to the Sermon on the Mount, and possibly was a different recording of the same event. Or, it could have simply been Jesus preaching a similar message in a different location.
Jesus’ example shows us the priority he placed on prayer. Before any big decision, he spent much time in dedicated, passionate prayer.
Since the beginning of this year, I have felt that a deeper prayer life should be my focus. However, I do not feel like I have progressed as I should.
Heavenly Father, help me to develop the discipline of prayer, especially passionate, submissive prayer for your will. May I grow in my relationship with you through the fellowship of prayer. Amen.