Running to a Mountain to Pray and Escape into Battle

Monday is for Prayer

Jesus prayingThe tide has turned. The Pharisees are furious with Jesus. Blinded by hate, they are plotting to kill him. Crowds are following. The twelve are being trained. His ministry is just beginning to gear up and is making headway in proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom. And the Pharisees are planning how to destroy both him and his message. What will Jesus do? Luke tells us.

12 In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. 13 And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles:

—Luke 6:12-13 (ESV)

Faced with opposition of the most virulent kind, Jesus retreats to a mountain to pray all night. Then he calls twelve men out the crowd of followers he has and names them Apostles, “sent ones.”  They are now called to be “with him that he might send them out to preach” (Mark 3:13-14). They will undergo a bit more observation of his ministry and then be sent to do what they have watched him do. Christ knew that a battle was coming so He ran to the mountain to pray.


“Lord, make us quick to run to ‘the mountains and pray’. Make us like You Lord. Make us people who double-down at opposition and continue to make disciples on a foundation of prayer. Keep us from trusting in our own efforts, our own plans, our own strategies and to instead bathe everything we face in a quiet and lengthy dependence upon You. Make us distrust ourselves and trust You. Make us men and women who never stop inviting others into the mission of risking everything for gospel-hope. Amen.”

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