My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Friday, January 6, 2012
Prayer and Power
It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God.
(Luke 6:12 NASB)
And when day came, He called His disciples to Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also named as apostles:
(Luke 6:13 NASB)
And all the people were trying to touch Him, for power was coming from Him and healing them all.
(Luke 6:19 NASB)
Jesus, himself, often took time to get away and pray. Here we see
that he went alone and spent the whole night in prayer. It was after
this time alone with God that he came down and began to call the twelve
disciples. Was there a connection between the time he spent with God
and the calling of the twelve? Of course there was. He had spent time
with the Father and he led him to the ones that were to be his
disciples. Not only did the Father lead him to those who were to be his
disciples, but he also filled him with power. That power permeated
from his being and as Jesus walked down the streets people simply wanted
to touch him for they realized they could be healed.
If Jesus had to spend time alone with God the Father for direction
and power -- why don't we? Frequently Jesus would spend the night alone
in prayer. It was his custom! Significantly, it was after this night
in prayer that he "runs" into those who are to be his disciples. I
believe there is a reason that we are told to pray for workers for the
harvest fields. We have spent too much time trying to do the work of
God on our own power and with our limited resources.
For years we were challenged by the Church Growth Movement. It was
by adapting models of attraction and marketing that we were to be able
to grow churches. The result is that we have grown churches on our own
power, and on not on the power of God moving among us. Instead of
focusing on a deeper walk for those within the church, we focused on
more and more programs that might bring people in. The result was a
shallow and wide church that is not sustainable, for the foundational
pieces are missing. We taught those seeking churches to be just as
consumeristic as the world. Look for the church that was the right
"fit" for you. Look for the place that meets "your" needs and is "your"
What we forgot here was that our spiritual lives are supposed to be
about God! Jesus said, "I will build my church." Our job as Christians
is to know Christ. This is where the focus of our time should be --
getting to know him on a daily basis and spending time with him. It is
only in this precious time with him that he can transform us and take us
on that deeper walk. It was only after Jesus had spent time in prayer
that he knew where to go to find the disciples and he had the power to
heal. When we spend time with God he will lead us into divine
appointments with the world. He will fill us with his power. Can you
imagine a whole church full of people like that?
Our young people today are hungry to be within a community of believers whom they see as genuine. They are hungry to spend time with us in prayer. They want to see what is in the word lived out in the lives of those who have gone before. For the future of Christianity, those who have been followers of Christ, must dedicate themselves to really getting to know Christ. This is our hope and our future.
Spending time alone with God -- if it was good enough for Jesus, it ought to be good enough for us!
Lord, thank you for the reminder today to commit to time alone with you. I want to know You! Amen.