Luke – Doors Wide Open!
Jesus, Son of God, went away to pray. He didn’t want to be away from people He loved. He wanted to be WITH God, to hear from God, His Father. “He prayed to God all night.” What did Jesus ask God? Was it wisdom in choosing the Twelve to be apostles, those who could be His hands of healing so the ministry could be multiplied? Probably, because at daybreak that was the first task of the day.
We have talked about this before. Why on earth would we think we can do anything of significance, make good decisions, or have powerful discernment in serving God if we do not FIRST ask God what He wants and how He wants it accomplished?
Jesus prayed all night, maybe He was asking God for his next direction, words to say and actions to take, talking to God about how the efforts of seeking and saving the lost could be enlarged. Did He talk to God about how He would speak into these apostles’ lives with power from God extended to them so that they could become more and more like Him, doing for others what He is doing? Did God encourage Jesus? What were the words of our compassionate Savior to our Father, God? We can only surmise from the words Jesus taught us to pray, along with asking God to help all who believe and follow Him.
Luke 6, NLT
Jesus Chooses the Twelve Apostles
12 One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night. 13 At daybreak he called together all of his disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles. Here are their names:
14 Simon (whom he named Peter),
Andrew (Peter’s brother),
James (son of Alphaeus),
Simon (who was called the zealot),
16 Judas (son of James),
Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).
Crowds Follow Jesus
17 When they came down from the mountain, the disciples stood with Jesus on a large, level area, surrounded by many of his followers and by the crowds. There were people from all over Judea and from Jerusalem and from as far north as the seacoasts of Tyre and Sidon. 18 They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those troubled by evil spirits were healed. 19 Everyone tried to touch him, because healing power went out from him, and he healed everyone.
WHEN THEY CAME DOWN…
When the chosen Twelve came down the mountain with Jesus in the lead, they were met with other believers and disciples followers along with crowds of people begging to be healed. “Everyone tried to touch him…” That phrase hits my heart this morning. The world today wanders around seeking to be healed from all kinds of anxieties, brokenness, loneliness, mental issues and physical pain. But they are looking in all the wrong places. They have forgotten, or they never knew, that Jesus is alive, ready to heal broken spirits, is compassionate to save, and willing to love us relentlessly and completely. Who will tell them?
“…and He healed everyone.”
Dear Heavenly Father, Lord and Savior,
Help us to speak the words at the right time, in the right Spirit, in the right place so your power can heal others. Use us to encourage. Help us help others find and follow You.
In Jesus Name, Amen