“Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, and spent all night in prayer to God.” Luke 6:12
If ever one might have lived without prayer, it was our spotless, perfect Lord–and yet none was ever so much in supplication as He! Such was His love to His Father, that He loved much to be in communion with Him! Such was His love for His people, that He desired to be much in intercession for them.
The fact of the eminent prayerfulness of Jesus is a lesson for us–He has given us an example that we may follow in His steps.
The time He chose was admirable:
it was the hour of silence, when the crowd would not disturb Him;
it was the time of inaction, when all but Himself had ceased to labor;
and the season when slumber made men forget their woes, and cease their applications to Him for relief. While others found rest in sleep, He refreshed Himself with prayer.
The place was also well selected. He was alone where none would intrude, where none could observe–thus was He free from Pharisaic ostentation and vulgar interruption. Those dark and silent hills were a fit oratory for the Son of God. Heaven and earth in midnight stillness heard the groans and sighs of the mysterious Being in whom both worlds were blended.
The continuance of His pleadings is remarkable:
the long watches were not too long;
the cold wind did not chill His devotions;
the grim darkness did not darken His faith, or loneliness check His importunity.
We cannot watch with Him one hour, but He watched for us whole nights!
The occasion for this prayer is notable. It was after His enemies had been enraged at Him, that prayer was His refuge and solace. It was before He sent forth the twelve apostles–that prayer was the gate of His enterprise, the herald of His new work. Should we not learn from Jesus to resort to special prayer when we are under peculiar trials, or contemplate fresh endeavors for the Master’s glory?
Lord Jesus, teach us to pray!
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