3/2/15, 3/3/15 Prayer Is Rest For The Soul, Giving Strength For The Long Day Ahead

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Jesus is tired after a long day of healing people.  But instead of retiring for the night, He tells His disciples, “I need to be alone with My Father, to pray and to listen.  I’m going up the mountain there for a little while.  Why don’t you all get some rest until I return?”  The disciples, also exhausted, readily agree.  There are so many people following Jesus now, they have to be organized into smaller groups to set up camp.  As they start breaking into groups for the night, Jesus slips away and heads up the mountain.  When He finds a good, secluded spot, He kneels and begins to pray.  He pours out His heart to His Father, just like a little child might do with his daddy after a hard day.  He asks for guidance, and stays there on His knees all night, listening, as His Father gives Him the answers He needs.

Weary, but with a full heart, Jesus descends the mountain to the area at the base where all His disciples were camped.  The sun is just beginning to pour its brilliant color over the mountain as people begin to awaken.  Jesus sits by the campfire and adds kindling, waiting for everyone to join Him.  He has a very important duty today, and needs everyone to be fully awake to appreciate it.  Finally, everyone has gathered around Him and is ready.  He begins to speak to them:  “My friends!  I am so very thankful for all of you.  You are a great help and consolation to Me.  I have been in prayer with My Father all night, seeking His will for you.  I know your hearts, that many of you are willing and able to do what must be done.  But I must choose 12 for the greater work that is to come.  And so, I call upon Simon Peter, James and John the sons of Zebedee, Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot.  I ask these 12 to join me on the mountain to begin their work, and we will rejoin the group when everything is ready.  Please, everyone, be in fellowship together, eat, drink, and be in prayer for us while we are gone.”  The 12 whom Jesus has just called stand and follow Him up the mountain.  There, Jesus anoints each of them and explains that He will be sending them out to locations all over Galilee and Judea, to preach and to heal and to cast out evil spirits.  “How will we do this, Rabbi?  Only You have that power,” Peter says.  “I am now going to bestow that power also upon you,” Jesus replies.  This will not be easy for you, and you will be leaving everything you have ever known in order to do this work.  But it is the will of My Father.  Now we will go back to the others and I will continue to teach you, and them, what you need to know.

Mark 3:13-19, Luke 6:12-16, https://biblicalgeographicdotcom.files.wordpress.com/…

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