From Luke 6-7
Jesus depended on his Father in prayer. Throughout all his ministry he prayed. Jesus is also hard working. He prayed all night and the following day he chose his disciples. Q. Ever had a guess at the kinds of things Jesus prayed about?
This post is part of my bible in a year series.
Passage and Comments
At some point Jesus would have decided on who his disciples would be. Perhaps the decision process went something like this.
He has a group of people following him already and he has spent a bit of time with them. Jesus has an unusual ability to know people better than they know themselves. So perhaps his existing knowledge weighs in on his decision.
Trusting his Father in all things Jesus devotes himself to prayer. (I suspect as well this is his recharge time since he spends most of his other time with fallen humanity. Perhaps that might be a bit wearing seeing all the sickness, sin and death.) I’ve created a hypothetical situation where in prayer Jesus (J) and the Father (F) discuss who they will choose.
J: Simon? Potentially a strong leader, but rushes in before thinking. Will he deny me?
F: Choose him. Give him another name.
J: James and John? They seem to think they are great. They need to be taught humility. But can they serve?
F: Choose them. You need to work with what you have. They will learn.
J: Matthew? He’s a tax collector and they are known sinners?
F: If people see you accept sinners into our kingdom, it will make it easier for them to believe you will forgive and accept them. Choose him too.
F: Choose Judas Iscariot. He will hand you over.
J: Not my will, but your will be done.
12 In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. (Lk 6.12-16)
Jesus depended on his Father in prayer. Throughout all his ministry he prayed. Jesus is also hard working. He prayed all night and the following day he chose his disciples.
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