When To Spend The Whole Night Praying

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

I was reflecting on some teaching of Jesus yesterday and I came across Luke 6.

In Luke 6 we see Jesus picking Apostles. He chose 12 of them. Now to be honest I have always glazed over this part because I already knew who the apostles were and it was just a bunch of names that I didn’t want to read. But the other day verse 12 leaped off the page.

One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. 13When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles

In college I had a class called Christian Spirituality. It was a legendary class taught by a legendary professor. The class consisted of an entire semester spent going through the book of Mark and then a 3 day retreat in the woods that was led by our professor. One of the things I remember about this class was when our professor was teaching he would have us underline any time Jesus went off to pray. It was glaring all throughout the book of Mark that Jesus spent a lot of time in prayer and conversation with His father.

Fast forward back to the yesterday. As I sat there reading this passage I was reminded of the book of Mark, I was reminded of how pathetic my prayer time is, and I was reminded that Jesus was seeking guidance.

I think often times when I need to make a big decision I definitely look for advice, for guidance, and for encouragement. I spend time in prayer, talking with friends, and doing a lot of talking to myself. But what I hardly ever do is act. This isn’t a post about how we need to spend more time praying and seeking advice (though that is definitely true) this is a post about how we need to act. That is what struck me so much about verses 12 and 13. Jesus spent time in prayer, but then when morning came He chose twelve apostles that would go on to lead the Church.

It is so easy to over spiritualize things. To think that we need a sign, a miracle, or an act of God to step forward. Often times all we need to do is act.


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Kyle Reed

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • http://www.prudychick.com Prudence

    This is something I struggle with. Fear wraps itself around my feet like vines. So I just continue to pray, never acting or moving forward. Thinking that prayer is some magical teleporter that will beam me from location A to location B without me ever taking a step.

    Thanks for this.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      I do that all the time.

      It is like we expect God to physical deliver the answer in a letter or something. Sometimes we do not see the answer until after we act

  • janette

    I read that it just change my altitude.

  • Bobby

    Faith activates God