Luke 6:12-13 – And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;
Have you ever been up all night struggling with something? Maybe a child or later term paper kept you up, or perhaps it was a kidney stone or concern over a dear family member in need. Many things can disturb our peace and rest. It is difficult not to worry over the many challenges of life, but we are assured by Christ that He is watching and caring for us providing a way for us to prosper. The key is trusting Him with everything.
The Savior led us by example at least as much as by His Word. One such occasion was when He prayed all night upon a mountain before annoucing His selection of the Twelve Disciples in Luke 6. Just to be clear, He prayed continually throughout the night in communion with the Father for the Apostles. This example shows us one of the best methods for unloading our burdens. Take them to the Lord in prayer. Like our sins, we can only experience relief when we get them out and relinquish them to the Lord.
A distinguishing attribute of the great saints of the Bible is their dedication to pray with the Lord and not simply at Him. Prayer should be about communion and not simply an exchange of information. God does not need us to tell Him what’s going on and what’s needed to fulfill His plan. Instead, His throne of grace give us access to the counseling presence of God. So spend all day and all night if need be, but pour out your heart to the Lord. He’s waiting patiently for you. Laid down those burdens and rest.