28 Oct Pray (Lk 6:12) by Pastor Steve Selfridge
“Jesus went up to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God.” ~ Lk 6:12 (full readings)
Pastor Steve’s Reflections: In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells us to find a secret place to pray in. Jesus went alone and prayed. Where is this place for you? This place for me is in two places. One of those places is a blue recliner in my house. Most every morning you will find me there reading God’s Word as well as praying. God meets me there. I also pray as I am running. There are some runners and walkers that traverse with a friend or buddy, but most are out on their own—maybe this is you. Many wear headphones and listen to music or a podcast or some other kind of noise. I do not choose to wear any head gear, but during those moments, listen and pray to our Heavenly Father. I doubt Jesus was running or walking, but he had a place where He spent an ENTIRE night in prayer to God. This is always a challenge for me to read. What a neat time with His Heavenly Father. We might think that there were no distractions, but Jesus was human. He probably wanted sleep. He probably thought about home. But He was on a mission. That mission was to spend time with God Almighty and plan for the days to come. Think of this: When Jesus left that mountain, He was coming to choose the men that would lead what Christianity would become and we enjoy today! That was an important choosing. Don’t miss opportunity to seek God in everyday happenings as well as praying about the ending of abortion in our land or who to vote for or for a life call on our own life. Pray and pray long and hard. God is listening and desires company with you today.
* Steven Selfridge is a pastor in Rapid City, SD and has a beautiful wife and four amazing children..
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Through Christ our Lord,
Pastor Steve Selfridge