“In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles.” Luke 6:12-13
You and I have been invited by the God of this Universe to join Him in reconnecting people to Himself by sharing the gospel with the peoples of the world. The task given to followers of Jesus is described as making disciples. (Matt 28:19) It is the mission of a “fisher of men” to connect people to Jesus.
But this mission comes as an invitation to join God on mission. The plan of God, as described by the Gospel, is one of redemption. It is His plan! And because it is His plan, a “fisher of men” must become intimately acquainted with the ways of God and extremely sensitive to His day-to-day instructions. This can only become a reality for the “fisher of men” as prayer becomes his priority.
Even Jesus prioritized prayer. Jesus would habitually get away from everyone else in order to devote Himself exclusively to the Father. Intimacy with the Father required ongoing communication with Him. This prompted Him to regularly separate Himself from all His friends and go out to a mountain to pray. On some occasions, it required an all-nighter in prayer. Communication and intimacy with God was a non-negotiable with Jesus. Neither should it be for a “fisher of men.”
The task before us is huge. It is only accomplishable because it is the mission of God. Our effectiveness in sharing Christ will only be as consistent as our commitment to stay in close contact with the Father. We do that by praying.
Why not take time right now to pray? Let Him speak to you about the one He has been preparing you to share the Gospel with. Listen to Him as He prepares you for the planned Divine Appointment. Today is a day for every “fisher of men” to do some fishing.