“In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God.” – Luke 6:12 (ESV)
There’s no shortage of people on my prayer list these days. Brothers and sisters in the church and out here in the blogosphere are some. Family and friends of course are others. About half of my co-workers unfortunately were laid off on Friday, as our company was sold a few months ago. Our pastor is leaving and heading off to another church in Illinois, and our former assistant pastor is beginning a new chapter in ministry as well. There are so many more.
I find lately though that my prayer list seems just like that….a list. I struggle so much with confidence and boldness in prayer that my list doesn’t get the treatment I feel they deserve. Why is that ?
What’s especially frustrating about that is there are no shortage of examples of prayer in our Bibles. We have 150 Psalms. Moses, Nehemiah, Ezra and Joshua are just a few other models. But most importantly, we have the best example from our Lord and Savior.
Jesus provides a shining example for us in the verse above – “…all night he continued in prayer to God.” Now I could spend all night reading my Bible. But all night in prayer ? Wow that’s tough.
I don’t know why this has been such an ongoing struggle for me. But I need to keep returning to these prayers from the Gospels and Psalms for instruction. What chance do I have in these uncertain times without spending a good deal of them in prayer ? Jesus himself prayed all night to God…enough said.
What ways would you suggest to be more bold in prayer ? How do you do it ?