Monday, September 5, 2011

The Need for Prayer and the Power of Prayer

In Today's Gospel (Luke 6:12-19) we read:

"Jesus departed to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God.When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called a Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

"And he came down with them and stood on a stretch of level ground. A great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and even those who were tormented by unclean spirits were cured. Everyone in the crowd sought to touch him because power came forth from him and healed them all."

What I find fascinating is that Jesus Christ Himself, the Very Son of God, took time to pray, and spent the night in prayer to God the Father. It seems that his very being thirsted for the face of the living God.

If Christ took time for prayer, how much more do each of us need to take time for prayer and silence in the presence of God. Our very being does thirst for the face of the living God.

What is also noteworthy is that after Jesus comes down the mountain, He is rejuvenated from his previous day's activities, which included healing a man's withered hand, and he chooses his 12 Apostles by name and then heals, cures, and drives out demons because "power came forth from him".

When you and I take the time to pray as did Jesus, we too will be a source of healing power for those whom we encounter.

Who will we heal today with our presence or touch?

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