“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, who he named apostles.” Luke 6:12-13
There are times when an extended amount of time alone with God is needed. In the midst of our busyness, there must be times of debriefing, reflection, and instruction from God. Otherwise, your relationship with God becomes nothing more than a task to perform and mechanical. The Lord desires intimacy, fellowship, and devotion. That requires time spent in prayer.
In our fast paced world, we are always moving on to the next opportunity. Once we finish one project, we’re off to the next. It’s all about activity. Too often, we do not take time to evaluate or reflect. We don’t have time to learn from our mistakes nor make any course corrections. Making time to pray will change that.
“Fishers of men” have been given a critical task. They are commissioned to go and connect people to Jesus Christ. It is literally a matter of life and death. We must make time to regroup, rethink, and re-launch our evangelistic efforts on an ongoing basis. Mid-course corrections will enable us to communicate more effectively and more strategically. Making time to pray enables us to hear from our Commissioner and insures that we stay on task.
Jesus spent all night in prayer before choosing His apostles. He never did anything apart from the Father’s will. It was essential that they be one with each other. In order to insure this, He regularly spent time with the Father in prayer. On this particular occasion in Luke 6, He spent the whole night praying. A great example for “fishers of men.”
“Fishers of men” are to share the Gospel with unconnected and lost people. The Father desires to prepare each of us for those encounters. We must set aside time to pray and listen. There’s no other way.