One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.
(Luke 6:12 NIV)
Last night, I was touched by the sight of my brother and his best friend sitting on our front porch talking for hours. Over breakfast this morning, he told me that his friend had stayed until one o’clock. I was reminded of the times I spend with my best friend, engaging in endless chatter. I guess you can just never get enough of the people that you love and care about.
Jesus couldn’t get enough of the time He spent with His heavenly Father either. In today’s passage, we find out that Jesus “went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.” Prayer, which is really a conversation with God and which characterized Jesus’ life, should be something that we’re immersed in daily as well. We should want to spend time talking to God like we would with our best friends, and it should touch those watching us. After watching Him pray, Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray too (Luke 11:1).
Are you spending time in endless talk with your best friend to the point that it makes others want to spend time with Him too? Be assured that He wants to spend some time with you, so make time to talk to Him. He is waiting.
Once you spend time talking to God, you’ll want to talk for hours.