Luke 6: Come Lord Jesus, Come!
By Patrick Mulvehill
Luke 6:12-13 "In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. And when day came,..."
Forgive me if I stray from the weekly reading, but I was struck by this verse the other night as I was reading to the boys at bedtime.
"In these days..."
Crazy days! Days full of meeting the needs of the masses. Days of being criticized by religious leaders. Days of doing miracles that amazed the world. It was in those crazy, busy days that Jesus...
"...went out to the mountain to pray..."
Jesus got away from all the people, from all of the work, from all of the craziness....to pray. This is social distancing at its finest! We aren't told what he prayed for, but we know that the very next day He selected the 12 disciples that would be with Him for the rest of His ministry. I imagine that His prayers were focused on the twelve and the people that He would encounter in the days to come. The sick, the hurting, and even those that would crucify Him in the end. In the midst of all the craziness, Jesus prayed for them.
"...and all night he continued in prayer to God..."
It wasn't just a "Lord, thank You for this food" kind of prayer. No, this was an all-night communion with the Father. The kind of prayer time that you don't finish until the Spirit of God Himself releases you. The kind of prayer that you are so determined to get an answer for that you will lose sleep over it, even in the craziest of days. When was the last time you prayed like that? What did you ask for?
"...and when day came..."
This is the part that gives me goosebumps. Let me ask you something, "Is there anything that can stop the day from coming?" I have been alive on this earth now for 48 years and not once has the day failed to come. Not once! Here is the deal friends, THE DAY IS COMING! It can't be stopped! It won't be stopped! God hears and answers our prayers. We only need to stop, go out to our mountain, and pray. Pray hard! Pray long! Don't stop until the morning comes. Not only does the mean that God hears and answers our prayers, but it is also a reminder that HIS day is coming. The day when HE will return to claim us for His own. The day when the craziness of this world will pass away and we will spend eternity in Heaven with Him.
Come quickly Lord Jesus, come.