Weekly Tip #2, Fall 2016
The “Need To Get Away?” slogan is used by Southwest Airlines for taking a vacation. This reminds me that Jesus needed to continually get away, not for a vacation, but for prayer. In Luke 4:12 Jesus began his official public ministry. Jesus had set an example of who he was by performing miraculous healings, rebuking demons, powerful teaching and preaching the good news of the kingdom. He even had some encounters with some of His disciples and encouraged them to follow Him. But before He targeted the 12 and formally chose them He did the important work of getting away first.
In Luke 12 we read:
12 In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. 13 And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles: 14 Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, 15 and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot, 16 and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
Before Jesus chose His disciples, who would in turn multiply the gospel message after He left this earth, He spent all night in prayer. What about you? Need to get away to pray? I know I need to.
What is Next?
I want you to prayerfully re-read the “Lauching and Continuing Your Ministry Throughout the Year” document. One simple question for you to consider this week: What are the top three things that you should focus on this week in your ministry situation? Give it some prayer, talk to your fellow co-laborers in ministry, and stay targeted by being strategic. What do you think?
Talk to you next week,
Ben with Cru