Our culture today is enamored with efficiency and accomplishment. It’s all about what we can get done in a day. We make our to do list using the app on our phone and the goal of the day is to complete that list.
We measure our life and the success of our day by what we get done.
But that’s not how Jesus lived.
Jesus took significant time to “be” with the Father. Jesus took that time because He knew that nothing of any real value could be accomplished without that vital connection with the Father.
And Jesus was God…
It is prideful of us to think that we can accomplish more by spending less time with God.
The example of Jesus shows us that on occasion, the time we need to take with God is not going to be convenient or necessarily easy. We might even have to suffer a little because of the time we take.
But Jesus still took the time…and so should we.
The pattern of Jesus was straightforward. Before any major decision or event in His life, Jesus spent time with the Father. Jesus spent 40 days in fasting and prayer before being tempted by Satan. Prior to choosing the twelve Apostles, Jesus spent the night in prayer as shown in today’s verse. Before His crucifixion, He spent the night in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Jesus prepared for major events and decisions by first being with the Father.
As followers of Jesus…those who seek to be like Jesus…we must learn to do the same.
That means going against the grain of our culture.
It means prioritizing “being” over “doing”.
We don’t eliminate doing…we just follow the example of Jesus and prioritize being over doing.
In the practice of medicine, it means developing the habit of spending time in prayer before major life decisions. It means doing whatever it takes to carve significant time out of our busy practice for prayer and listening to God. Even if it means a reduced salary…the time will be worth it.
If Jesus… with His mission to save mankind found the time…we can certainly find the time.
Prayer: Lord, show me how to make time for You today.