Daily Devotion for December 28, 2016

'What did You pray for, Lord?'

Luke 5:15-16 NAS
But the news about Him was spreading even farther, and large crowds were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.

Luke 6:6-13
On another Sabbath He entered the synagogue and was teaching; and there was a man there whose right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees were watching Him closely to see if He healed on the Sabbath, so that they might find reason to accuse Him. But He knew what they were thinking, and He said to the man with the withered hand, “Get up and come forward!” And he got up and came forward. And Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to destroy it?” After looking around at them all, He said to him, “Stretch out your hand!” And he did so; and his hand was restored. But they themselves were filled with rage, and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.

It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spend the whole night in prayer to God. And when the day came, He called his disciples to Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also named as apostles...

Lord Jesus, I came across these two accounts of You slipping away “to pray,” and knowing You slipped away “often” to do this, I find myself wondering—WHAT did You pray for when You “went off” to pray?

Did You withdraw and pray so You could be strengthened by spending time with Your Father, and so He could align Your will to His? I know I need to do that more...

Did You also pray for those who were listening to You and being healed by You—that their ears would keep hearing Your true Words and their hearts would wholly trust in You—no matter what? I can be praying that for my church family...

Moreover, did You also pray for those who were seeking You—but had not found You yet? Did You pray they would find You? I know I am to pray for that...

Furthermore, did You pray for those with hard hearts (like the Pharisees), for those who hated You and who were mistreating You? I'm guessing You did, based on Your instructions to us in Luke 6:27. I know people like that I can be praying for, Lord...

Finally, did you pray before the day even started so that 1) Your mind was on Your Father's business, 2) so that Your heart was attuned to Your Father's leading—with regard to every decision and every situation, 3) so You wouldn't drift away from God's will, and 4) so were ready and empowered to say, think and do exactly as the Father desired—for His glory?

Hmm...

Lord Jesus—help us Believers consider when we can “slip away” to PRAY—just like You! Moreover, we ask that You help us crave this time private time with You and to “often” DO it...following Your example! Make us a body who increasingly prays in such a way that brings more glory and honor to You!

AMEN!!!

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