Jesus’ Ministry – Wed – 22-04-13

When I worked for a corporation, we developed a succession plan. It looked at the employees in the organization and identified those who could step up into different positions. The idea was, that if I was promoted, then someone could fill my spot. Of course that was true for all the other leaders in the organization as well. Having people ready to step up leads to success.

One of the important events in Jesus’ ministry was the selection of the 12 apostles. Jesus knew he would eventually leave and the birth of the church would rest in their hands. Luke 6:12-16 says, “One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.” (NIV)

Notice Jesus spent the night in prayer. He often prayed at night, sometimes for hours. But this is the only time we are specifically told he spent the night praying to God. That shows the importance of selecting the apostles.

This also challenges us to be people of prayer like Jesus was. Spend some time today praying to God!

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