The idea of these little devotionals is simple. I want to approach scripture with the understanding that God is speaking. I’m reading through the Bible and listening for God to ask me questions. I expect these questions to be fairly open-ended and plan to carry them in my mind throughout the day. I’ll share these questions with you in the hope that you find them challenging and helpful.
12 In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. 13 And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles: 14 Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, 15 and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot, 16 and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
17 And he came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, 18 who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. And those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. 19 And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all.
From this passage I hear God asking me:
Have you ever spent a whole night in prayer?
If so, what did you pray about? What was on your mind?
Was it a crisis? Was it for forgiveness? Was it for healing?
Was it because you had a mission you wanted to accomplish for me?
What do you think Jesus prayed about on this night?
Think about all your prayers.
Do you generally pray for the same kinds of things?
Is it time to pray for something else? Something more?
Something bigger than yourself?
Is God asking you anything more, or anything different? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.