Luke 6:12,13 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;

To choose the twelve, Jesus travailed in prayer all night. And in case you miss it, among that twelve was Judas Iscariot. So did Jesus make one wrong pick? It doesn’t seem so because that decision was one of destiny and legacy. Each of those qtwelve had their specific part to play on his way to the cross and in spreading the Gospel beyond the cross.

Yet, our focus shifts to the timing of the selection: Jesus stopped praying and chose ‘when day came’. Literally, that would be when the sun arose but it doesn’t mean just that. ‘Day came’ because Jesus had received that witness that ‘you have been heard and the answer is ready, now arise’

Jesus spent a whole night in travail- why do we think time spent in prayer then is wasted time? We often want to turn God into a magician – we stand miles away, run to him when trouble looms, string a few sentences together, release them and then stand expecting expedited responses.

Beloved, it takes a constantly burning prayer altar to expedite responses from the throne. I challenge us to each begin to have consistent times of lifting incense in prayer before God, and not just make him a point of contact only when we need Him.


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