2021_07_26 Insight Post- Kim Feld
This week's reading- Luke 5-6
I am not a great sleeper. Sleep is incredibly elusive to me when I have a lot on my mind. My thoughts race as I replay scenarios from the day, sometimes celebrating wins but often beating myself up for what I see as failures on my part. I try to pray my way to sleep which helps, but my thoughts are often more potent than my prayers. Reading about Jesus’ prayer life inspires me to keep working on this discipline.
In chapters 5 and 6, Luke makes mention of Jesus’ prayer life twice. First in verse 16 of chapter 5: “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (NIV). This occurs right after Jesus has healed a man of leprosy, and his fame and subsequent crowds began to increase. I would imagine that demands on His time grew, and yet, Luke says that He often withdrew to be alone in prayer. This reminds me that I can’t use the excuse of busyness for lack of time spent alone with Jesus in prayer. He understands busy; He gets the pressure from others’ demands.
The second mention is in Luke 6:12, right before He chose the twelve men that would become His companions and students: “One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God” (NIV). Jesus had a huge decision to make, and He needed His Father’s guidance. Jesus didn’t spend the night tossing and turning while He tried to make the decision. Instead, He spent the night in prayer. Jesus understands big decisions and the weight they carry; He gets the responsibility of leadership.
As we continue to read and study the biographies of Jesus, I am so challenged. I want to be like Him, and I recognize that I have a long way to go to achieve that. The examples that these biographies provide of His life are meant for us to follow and emulate. I want my prayer life to resemble Jesus’. I would much rather have a night spent in prayer than one wrestling with my thoughts. As you read through Luke 5 and 6 this week, think about the role of prayer in your own life. Does it have the same priority for you that it did for Jesus?
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