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Vol. 15 No. 15 | April 9, 2012
Jesus and the apostles came down from the mountain. Jesus stood on a flat place. A large crowd of his followers was there. Also, there were many people from all around Judea, Jerusalem, and the seacoast cities of Tyre and Sidon. They all came to hear Jesus teach and to be healed of their sicknesses. He healed the people who were troubled by evil spirits. Everyone was trying to touch him, because power was coming out from him. Jesus healed them all. (Luke 6:17-19, Easy-to-Read Version)
This passage from Luke, as do many other passages from the gospels, shows us a Jesus who never stopped giving of himself.
He was with the apostles as they came down the mountain. They are greeted with a large crowd of his followers. And there were many people from the surrounding areas. They came to hear Jesus teach, to be healed, and to be released from evil spirits. They all wanted to touch him. Why? Power was coming out of him. So, he healed them all.
That was His nature. His life was one of apparent tireless giving. He gave his words. He gave his time. He gave his love. He gave his energy. He gave himself. He made no exceptions. He touched them all and he healed them all.
As much as I desire to be like the Savior, on this late Sunday evening I find myself wondering how He did it. How did keep going hour after hour, day after day, week after week, all the way to the end of his life. Where did he get his energy? How did he stay refreshed? What did he do to keep his focus?
Perhaps the answer is found a few verses earlier: "A few days later, Jesus went out to a mountain to pray. He stayed there all night praying to God" (v. 12).
Before he chose the twelve he prayed all night. Just as the four gospel accounts are full of examples of Jesus giving of himself, they are also full of examples where Jesus spent time alone praying. The pattern seems to be something like this: He prayed. He served. He rested. He prayed. He served. He rested.
After a long holiday weekend you may feel refreshed and renewed and ready to attack the week. Or, maybe you were so busy over the weekend that you feel like you need a day off to recover from your extra day off. Maybe your weary time is at the end of the week instead of the beginning. Or maybe it is in the middle of the week. Or perhaps you wake up every day worn-out and weary.
Here is a suggestion. Follow Jesusí example. Do you have a big decision to make? Pray. Do you have a major event ahead where you will be expending much of your energy as you give to others? Pray. Do you find yourself wondering how you will be able to face another request for help, answer another question, or offer an encouraging word to one more person? Pray. After you pray, rest. After you rest, pray. After you rest and pray, get out there and be with the people. People need you. You can help them.